Chef Akira Back is a Korean born American chef who definitely likes to keep his menu exciting! Throughout the meal I could taste the American and Korean influences and made me feel like I was back in my home country, full of fusion. There are several Akira Back locations around the world, I recently visited the Bangkok branch, at the Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park Hotel.
First thing you’ll notice when you walk in the restaurant, which is located near the top of the Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park Hotel (read more about the hotel here) is the design that incorporates many ropes. They form an archway over the sushi bar and are the centerpiece of the entire design. The Akira Back restaurant has a lovely view of Queen’s Park and Emporium shopping mall.
For my visit, the team put together a very lengthy list of dishes to sample. One of my favorites included the tuna pizza! This was a bestseller for very good reason. It had a very crispy crust and went down incredibly smooth. What I appreciated was the fact that it was salted just right, very addictive indeed.
The next item that really caught my attention was the Salmon Tiradito. This was Peruvian influenced ceviche and was incredibly refreshing and beautifully and presented. It was topped with grilled mango which was rather interesting and a first for me to combine with salmon. I like eating things I have never tasted before!
There were tons more dishes for the evening, but another favorite was the grilled octopus with smoked potato foam and green salsa. I loved the smoked jalapeno sauce which reminded me of eating lots of Mexican food in my childhood. The octopus was perfectly crispy on the outside and full of flavor! Absolutely lovely.
A dish on the menu that I wanted to try specifically, was the Korean Galby. Galby means ribs in Korean and can be made with different types of meat which are marinated. This was no stranger to me and brought back memories of living in Korea years ago. Tasty.
We finished the evening with two desserts. One was a Soufflé and the other was a Coconut Mochi Cake. Both were delicious but my favorite was the Mochi cake. I loved the texture of the soft and dense Mochi combined with the crunchiness of the caramel corn. Ingredients I never would’ve thought to put together, but once again, tasted great.
I really loved discovering chef Akira Back’s thought process during this meal. He designed a menu that pushes the culinary arts to new levels. It helps get the brain wheels turning and realize we don’t need to confine ourselves to specific boundaries. This meal inspired my creativity. If you want to try something unique and delicious, visit Akira Back in Bangkok at the Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park Hotel!
199 Sukhumvit Soi 22, Klong Ton
Klong Toey, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
Phone: +66 (0) 2 059 5555