Famed for his sense of adventure, culinary creativity, and blend of Japanese fare with Korean essence, Chef Akira Back has opened his restaurant at W Dubai – The Palm.
From extreme sports athlete to Michelin starred chef, South-Korean born Akira Back opened his first restaurant in 2008 in Las Vegas, and now boasts a 12-strong portfolio of restaurants across the world in cities including Singapore, Toronto, San Francisco, Bangkok, and Seoul.
Akira Back offers an adventure for the soul, with the energy behind-the-scenes fuelling the flavours. Diners can expect modern Japanese cuisine with a Korean and international essence prepared with seasonal produce and artisanal sourced ingredients. Japanese cuisine aficionados can indulge in mouth-watering and eclectic fusion dishes from duck prosciutto and filet tobanyaki to lamb chops and gambero prawns.
The highly-anticipated menu offers Akira Back’s signature sharing dishes such as the famous tuna pizza and wagyu tacos as well as a wide selection of delectable sushi rolls from spicy tuna and Negi Toro to hot mess and vegan rainbow roll to name a few favourites.
Located on the 5th floor at W Dubai – The Palm the entrance to the restaurant takes the form of a vortex while the indoor and outdoor space boasts abstract, design-led interiors such as the open kitchen, counter-top Robata Grill, expansive dining room – with every seat in the house delivering panoramic views, and an outdoor terrace, complete with floating bar.
The restaurant also has a dedicated Sake tasting room, with a range of five sakes, which are branded under Akira’s name, and brewed by the Nanbu Bijin brewery in Japan.
Personal design touches add authenticity to the venue and make for a memorable dining experience. Chef Akira Back always includes a painting from his Mother within his restaurants, and in Dubai this hangs over the sushi counter in a mosaic of 7000 metal tiles. The venue also highlights the Japanese art form of Wabi-Sabi, where broken porcelain is made perfect again, by repurposing it to adorn the columns. Tiger stripes in the form of strings of light also decorate the walls, referencing Akira’s Zodiac sign. Images of clouds are projected on to steel plates to give you the illusion of dining in the sky.