Akira Back ( near Mahipalpur, JW Marriott Hotel Aerocity, Asset Area 4, Hospitality District, Aerocity, IGI Airport, New Delhi)


In a nutshell:

If u r looking for authentic Korean / Japanese food, avoid this place. If u r open to the idea of YUMM fusion of Korean / Japanese tastes and flavors with Continental / American food, then this is the place to b – A chain restaurant by Korean origin American Celebrity chef Akira Back.

Akira back
Akira back

Address & other details:  Akira Back

Facebook page: Akira Back

Meal for 2: Rs. 4000 onwards

Cuisine type : Vegetarian & Nonvegetarian

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receipt - proof of payment
receipt – proof of payment

I rate all the food items & then give a final overall rating which is a simple average of the individual item ratings. What the ratings stand for: 5 = Excellent, 4 = Very Good, 3 = Good, 2 = Fair, 1 = Disaster.

Short Description – in case u r in a hurry:

As we decided to go to this restaurant after hearing from quite a few foodies, we decided to read about the Chef. We found a website about Akira back. Click here to read it.

on the table
on the table

As soon as we entered the restaurant, we noticed a food bar – the kinds I have seen in most Asian Countries & aslo in seafood restaurants in Boston.  As we turned left, we faced the dining Hall with many combinations of seating – 2 ,4, 6, chairs & tables, sofas & tables, sofas, chairs & tables & so on.

View of the dining hall
View of the dining hall

Painitings on the wall, a small corner with bottles displayed artistically & flowers on the tables – minimalist décor. The Dining Hall was Pretty dark in general. I struggled to take good food pics.

On one end of the dining hall
On one end of the dining hall

The Staff members were massive attentive. Someone wud come as soon as u look around. The manager came to all tables to meet the guests. The Chef (not Akira) came twice during the evening. We enjoyed a good chat with him on both the occasions & got some good ideas for orders as well.

cheesecake made from tofu
cheesecake made from tofu

Thruout the evening we enjoyed peppy and very lively Music .

soup served in this....
soup served in this….

The menu card was short (in terms of number of pages) but wide (in terms of offering) & quite descriptive. It highlighted the stars of the list. It was a struggle to choose from the menu card as there were too many enticing options to choose from – A non vegetarian’s delight (specially if the person loves seafood). That is where we found the Chef’s recommendation helpful.  There were a lot of very good vegetarian dishes too.

Sashimi served in a vessel lit from within &  topped with ice.
Sashimi served in a vessel lit from within & topped with ice.

Loved the food in general. One or two were a bit too American for me to enjoy (I was expecting more Korean influence in those).

Portions r small as expected. Clarifying it coz hv heard some people cribbing about it.

Detailed Description – In case u have the Time to NJOY reading:

We started our evening with Seaweed Salad. It had 4 kinds of seaweed. These had totally different textures , different tastes & also different dressing. Each bite wud b a new experience. Strong tastes and super textures. Loved it very much. Basic japaneses soy flavor was there but western influence in the dish was also felt. Rate it 4.5/5

Seaweed Salad
Seaweed Salad

Second dish was haejangguk – spicy miso with crab, shrimp and squid. Super hot, super spicy, full of flavours thin soup with melt in the mouth tofu, seaweed, wonderful crabmeat and super soft, tasty and good prawns. Super loved this dish again. Rate it 4.5/5

haejangguk
haejangguk

Third dish we had was a popular Akira dish in the US – Seafood dynamite. The Chef said either people love it or hate it. I call it an American chaat with Japanese and Korean influence. The dish had a corn base. On top of that seafood was put , sauces were poured & finally garnished with Caviar (fish roe).

Seafood dynamite
Seafood dynamite

The seafood pieces were marvellous – perfectly done, assorted, different tastes and textures. The sauce was nice as well. I got a bit put off by the excessive corn that was there in the base.

fish roe atop Seafood dynamite
fish roe atop Seafood dynamite

Fish roe was used as garnish. However it got lost in the crowd. We however enjoyed fishing the fish roe and then feeling them pop inside the mouth. The dish was a bit below good overall. Rate this dish 2.5/5.

Seafood dynamite
Seafood dynamite

On recommendation of Chef we tried Tuna pizza with ponzu mayo, shiso, truffles. This one was just ‘beyond brilliance’. It was served cold. As we bit into it, we realized that it was actually not a pizza base but something like a slim crisp tortilla. The base was topped with Tuna sashimi, ponzu mayo in place of cheese, drops of truffle oil poured on top. Felt great & outstanding. Rate it 4.75/5

Tuna pizza with ponzu mayo, shiso, truffles
Tuna pizza with ponzu mayo, shiso, truffles

We also ordered ‘Warm spring cinnamon’ – a warm cocktail made from sake. It had very mild sweetness. it was served warm. Heat had ensured vapour in the glass. It was served in snifter – Glass with a large base small opening, so that it captures the aroma so well. Brilliant flavor of cinnamon and that of sake.

Warm spring cinnamon
Warm spring cinnamon

Flavours and experience overshadow the very very subtle Taste. Rate it 4.5/5

The other drink we ordered was ‘Sake lemongrass green tea with ginger & elder flower’. It was superb. Mild thin drink with distinct flavours of ingredients mentioned above. Complex drink with layers of experience. Rate it 4.5/5 again.

Sake lemongrass green tea with ginger & elder flower
Sake lemongrass green tea with ginger & elder flower

We moved on to Seared foie gras – with corn croquette, Kochujang miso & Red tosaka.

The Foie Gras was excellent. As good as it cud get. Rate it 4.5/5.

seared foie gras
seared foie gras

The corn croquette was a dampener & I did not really get the combo. A deep fried dish with a feel of corn flour in it. I just cud not eat more than a bite. Rate it 1/5.

Overall rating of the dish averages out to 2.9/5.

We also tried Salmon roe sashimi, which essentially meant raw salmon fish egg……It was served inside an orange peel cup on a bed of ice that was lit from below. Loved every bit of this experience – As every roe wud pop inside the mouth, it wud burst into tastes & flavors… Not recommended for beginners of Asian cuisine. Rate it 4.5/5

Salmon roe sashimi
Salmon roe sashimi

Post this we ordered Wasabi Pepper tenderloin with potato puree, mushrooms & asparagus. The Tenderloin was marvellous. It made our evening . Mind blowing sauce, super duper soft and juicy tenderloin strips made the dish outstanding. Enjoyed it way beyond expectation. B bar wagyu was however better.

Wasabi Pepper tenderloin
Wasabi Pepper tenderloin

Asparagus was crisp & potato puree was just too nice.

potato puree and asparagus with Wasabi Pepper tenderloin
potato puree and asparagus with Wasabi Pepper tenderloin

Rate this dish 4.75/5.

For dessert we had Tokyo cheesecake made from tofu, blackberry, strawberry, shisho Ice cream. Cheesecake made from tofu – yes u heard it right. YUMMMMMMMMMMMM, soft, creamy, just perfect. Shisho ice cream  added tangyness to the otherwise ‘sweet with a hint of salt’ cheesecake. Super loved it & rate it 4.5/5

Tokyo cheesecake
A peep inside Tokyo cheesecake

Overall rating of food at Akira Back averages out to 4.2/5

Really interesting place to eat out & hang out as well.  I look forward to getting back there…..

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