Bangkok’s culinary scene has gotten just a little bit more exciting. Award-winning Korean-American chef Akira Back introduces Thais to his brand of cooking at his namesake restaurant in Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's Park hotel. Soaring above Sukhumvit on the 37th floor of the five-star hotel, Akira Back breaks new ground by offering cuisine that fuses Japanese, Korean and Western influences. Avid foodies would know who Akira Back is. But in case his name doesn’t ring a bell, Back is a US-based chef whose fame travels across continents. Prior to becoming a world-renowned culinary figure, he was a pro snowboarder and a part-time cook at local restaurants in his hometown of Colorado. Severe injuries from a snowboarding accident prematurely ended his career in extreme sports. Another door opens when one closes; Back decided to shift his path towards the kitchen, starting out as a prep cook at Kenichi restaurant in Aspen. This was soon followed by a senior position at the famed Yellowtail restaurant in Las Vegas, which eventually led to a decision to venture out on his own and launch his namesake brand. Akira Back’s Bangkok outlet is a study in sleek, contemporary Asian décor. Japanese shinto ropes hold up elongated arches and provide an interesting canopy to the entire space. Abstract paintings by the chef's mother adorn the walls. The posh restaurant is an expansive space that can seat up to 100 diners at a time, composed of a main dining room, sushi bar, omakase bar and f
Phrom Phrong, an affluent Sukhumvit neighborhood, has always been a haven for gastrophiles. There's everything for everyone, from hip restaurants in the shiny malls and upscale eateries in five-star hotels to shophouse restaurants hidden in the alleys and food trucks cooking on the streets.
Thanks to the namesake BTS station, the term Phrom Phong now covers a massive area along Sukhumvit road: Soi Sukhumvit 35 and Soi Sukhumvit 39 (the original Phrom Phong) in the north and Soi Sukhumvit 22, Soi Sukhumvit 24 and Soi Sukhumvit 26 in the south.
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