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Dark Materials - Akira Back, Toronto

Korean-born, Colorado-raised chef Akira Back is quietly building a culinary empire that stretches from Singapore and New Delhi to Las Vegas and Seoul, and
now Toronto. At the city’s Bisha Hotel, Back enlisted local firm Studio Munge to create a 3,000 sq ft space featuring a black marbled bar (where guests can sip
on a Kinoko martini, made with shiitakeinfused vodka), sombre panelling and glossy gold accents, and a dreamy ceiling of hand-painted indigo petals. It’s a suitably dramatic setting for Back to showcase his repertoire of Korean-Japanese fusion dishes such as toro caviar and gochujang miso, and Jidori chicken shimmering with a maple teriyaki glaze.

Bisha Hotel, 2nd floor, 80 Blue Jays Way, tel: 1.437 800 5967,

Written by Lauren Ho for Wallpaper* July issue