Akira Back

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Chef Akira Back opens his first Canadian namesake restaurant in Toronto’s Bisha Hotel. Drawing on inspiration from his Korean heritage and travels around the globe, chef Back has created a menu that blends modern Japanese cuisine with authentic Korean flavours. In addition to his signature dishes, Back has created new items unique for the Toronto location. Complemented by the sleek design with layers of gold detail and tactile finishes in carbon black, the unparalleled dining experience is a true statement of luxury.
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JR
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday - amazing service, amazing food. Wonderful atmosphere. Overall a great memorable experience

AI
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience and excellent food. The starters were fantastic. We had a taste of many salads and hot share. The sea weed salad was exceptional. A must try! The sushi, rolls and sashimi were great but note that they are small portions. My ribeye was incredible and everyone else thought their main was excellent.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the most wonderful meal with a great server, would definitely return.

SM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience , we all enjoyed the food , the service and the decor / atmosphere

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice restaurant !!

J
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Decor and ambience is pleasing.
Brother from Another Mother & Show Me the Roll were delicious and perfect for sharing. The Jidoori Chicken is to die for.
Service was nothing special, below from what I expected. Our server seemed to be under the influence and was not very friendly. Food runners were the most pleasant and friendly.
Found an insect crawling on one of our rolls, issue was fixed by bringing out a fresh one.
Will continue to come back for the beautiful food.

t
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Honestly one of the best restaurants I’ve been to in a long time, thanks for making her birthday so special

OT
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was top notch!
Food was great my favourite was there fried rice dishes.
The only not so good thing was how long it took to receive some of our food... we ordered 2 of their signature rolls and it took not even exaggerating 1/2 an hr to receive each one.. which is in total 1 hr!

K
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have recently moved to Toronto and I’m super glad I found this place. As an asian and as a fine dining lover, I really enjoyed the experience of such exquisite food. My favs were tuna & mushroom pizza and Wagyu taco 😍

F
Montreal
33 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very very good!

AS
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely excellent experience! Amazing food and service! Great atmosphere! Strongly recommend this restaurant!!!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Awesome way to celebrate a birthday

OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful time. The food was excellent. So delicious and beautifully presented. We will definitely be back again.

JK
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such great food in terms of taste and texture. Amazing service too. Great ambience and decoration.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a very awesome experience to enjoy in Akira Back!!!

AM
Calgary
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By far my favorite restaurant in Toronto!
Unique tasting experience and amazing ambiance.

JL
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service are outstanding! Everything on the menu is delicious!

GK
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server Mackenzie was amazing the food was flavorful and tasty the pearl morisette Chardonnay was liquid gold loved it we will be back.

KK
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Some dishes were amazing (like the wagyu fried rice) but others didn’t taste like anything special. We attended as a party of seven and whenever we raised our hands for assistance, some waiters blatantly ignored us even though they didn’t seem like they were in a rush or were just standing around. It took forever to flag down waiters every time we wanted to order or ask questions. In the middle of eating dessert, a waiter handed us a single bill. It took us a while to calculate how much we had to pay and ensure that our calculations were correct. The ambience was nice but the service was subpar. As we went to a high-end restaurant, we did not expect to be treated like how we were treated. We went here to celebrate a birthday but because of the poor service, dinner was not a highlight of our day.

DC
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Extremely helpful and professional waiter

OT
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Food and Service. Let waitress chose plates for us. Heavenly.

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great and perfect !!
We will be back again!!

N
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Great ambiance, decent food. Service could be a lot friendlier and less stifling. I appreciate the constant tending to my glass of water, but perhaps, you could be a little more amicable. A pleasant expression and attitude goes a long way in service - and no, my server was not a woman. You don't need to grin ear-to-ear to come off pleasant, but a smile would be nice. Sheesh.

PB
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Went there with my wife to celebrate a special occasion and had an amazing time. The food was really good - sea food was fresh and well prepared. The server was friendly and suggested great things.

AS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Evan our server was incredible, truly amazing going above and beyond. The food was excellent although some of the sauces were overpowering for the delicacy of the seafood and should be on the side. Ambience was perfect.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience4

Terrible experience from our waiter, he made us feel like we did not belong. We dressed up and went out for a birthday. Worst experience for my friends and I would not be coming back and it’s a shame because the food was so delicious. Our waiter had his nose up
I’m the air and we immediately felt it when we started asking questions about the menu, and noticed it a few time through out the night.

YJ
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good food, atmosphere and service. The tacos are very tasty.

R
France
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My first gastronomic experience of 2020. Would highly recommend to try the chefs tasting menu. A great experience.

k
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

While the restaurant is beautiful, it was quite noisy, and the food just didn’t live up to our expectations. We ordered the omakase (tasting menu) which was $90 a person. The food was pretty good, but the portions are comically small and ridiculously overpriced. I’m no newbie to “high end dining” prices and portions, but it really just felt like a bit of a joke once we got to the end and realized how much we had paid for so little food. When the food takes up 10% of a giant plate and takes two bites to eat, it better be amazing, which it wasn’t. Maybe this is a good spot if you’re looking to impress someone and don’t mind blowing a ton of money on a meal that you’ll still be hungry after. Overall I wouldn’t go back or recommend it to my friends, as you can easily get more and better food for less somewhere else.

OT
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

This was my second time dining here and it was disappointing in comparison to the first experience. Maybe it would have been best to stick to the tasting menu again because the food wasn’t up to the same standard I had expected from my first visit. It gave me the feeling that the tasting menu really does put the best of the best out there. I had hoped the rest of the menu would be similar.

Favorite dish of the night was the grilled Alaskan king crab as well as the ceviche.

M
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Akira Back is my new favourite spot in Toronto. Everything was great.

MB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about the evening was perfect!

AA
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience3

RIDICULOUSLY BAD SERVICE. Took 20+ minutes to bring water for the full table. Kept staring at different servers so that maybe someone else can help us order drinks/food but no one interested and our server seemed like she had forgotten we were sitting there. No explanation/excitement shown about specials/menu/the restaurant. Asked for dessert menu and were told the kitchen’s closed. Paid $400+ For four people for this experience - definitely not recommending to a friend or anyone. Food was okay, more fusion than pure sushi. Some items were good, others were average or below average.

SM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s even better than when it first opened. Def going back regularly so good at all levels. Sexy presentations!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family night

OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday meal, service was prompt and courteous. Food was excellent prepared. All selections felt confident it was going to taste good, and each dish was well explained

AC
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family came for an early 5pm seating and were able to take in the beautiful decor and enjoy the quietness before it filled up with patrons. We ordered and all shared a variety of hot and cold shares, mains, rolls and desserts. Each unique dish was presented and described in detail by the server, superbly plated and absolutely delicious. The service was great and I did not feel rushed at all. In total we were there for almost 2 hours. On the pricey side, but well worth it!

BJ
Toronto
18 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

For a crowded and busy NYE, the team did a nice job of making our celebration one to remember. The team recovered nicely after we had to wait 20 minutes past our reservation time for a table. The set course meal was an excellent variety of flavours and the salmon sashimi dish with the wasabi sauce was amazing.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. We went for new

R
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The salmon belly melts in your mouth like butter the setting is beautiful and the staff are friendly