Movie star Chef Akira Again Opens His First Florida Restaurant In Delray Seashore

Korean-American chef Akira Again once more (Sung Ook Once more) opened his first restaurant in Florida, at Delray Seashore’s The Ray Lodge, on March 25. Positioned in between Boca Raton and Palm Seashore, Akira Again Delray is the skilled snowboarder-turned-chef’s 18th restaurant, incorporating to the cities of Paris, Las Vegas, Dubai, Beverly Hills, San Diego, Toronto, Singapore and Seoul, to call a few. (His cafe Dosa in Seoul acquired a Michelin star in 2018.)

Born in Seoul, Again and his family members moved to Aspen, Colorado when he was 13, and didn’t talk about a phrase of English. “I didn’t even know say, ‘How are you enterprise?,’” he muses. “So once I moved, it was society shock.” He turned to snowboarding with the only intention of producing shut buddies and studying the language, however completed up competing professionally for a number of many years. When he was 19, he started working for sushi grasp Kenichi Kanada in Aspen, wherein he discovered the arduous strategy to “respect the rice.” He used 7 many years coaching in Japanese delicacies.

“[Although] I found Japanese delicacies, I couldn’t deny my palate,” Again once more shares. “I’m extremely Korean-American. I grew up ingesting my mother’s meals and I nonetheless eat my mother’s meals stuff. I required to do that with my very own twist.” That is the motive why the spine of Akira Again’s delicacies is “fashionable Japanese with Korean accents.”

On the Delray space, diners can hope widespread signatures just like the AB Tuna Pizza, laced with umami aioli, micro shisho and white truffle oil Jeju Domi, which contains his Korean heritage with marinated masago, pink sorrel and chojang and Lobster Tempura, with Korean pear, serrano, beetroot and Amazu ponzu. Signature sushi rolls embrace issues like Pop Rockin’ (spicy crab, cucumber, asparagus— and certainly, watermelon pop rocks!) Nice Storm (shrimp tempura, spicy tuna, salmon abdomen aburi and chipotle mayo) and Scorching Mess (crab tempura, sashimi poke and spicy ponzu aioli). They’re additionally providing Nazo 9, the chef’s signature thriller field of sashimi and sushi unveiled desk facet.

Given that of the South Florida space, Again once more packages to inject his signature AB cigar dessert with the filling of crucial lime pie. He provides that in two to a few months, they may even be together with a Seize of the Day.

“I’ve been coming to Delray for a really very long time,” he shares. “I’ve a ton of buddies beneath and it’s a unbelievable area people for tennis.” Again once more is a tennis aficionado, and enjoys this sport along with his 10-12 months-old daughter.

The principal consuming area, designed by Celano Type and design Studios, is clad with undulating teak panels and is anchored by three curved wooden trellis constructions. The semi-open kitchen space choices sushi and robata grill consuming counters. Artworks of Again’s mom Youthful-Hee Again once more are long-established on to the wall tiles, sofa supplies and plates. “All my consuming locations have my mother’s artwork,” he shares. “It’s a signature facet.” Once more offers that they simply constructed their dream members of the family dwelling alongside each other in Las Vegas, the place by he has been centered for the previous 15 a few years, since he opened his very first cafe, Yellowtail Japanese Cafe and Lounge.

Again once more tends to make completely positive to trip to each location fairly a number of events a 12 months. With 18 eating places and 12 much more openings deliberate by the cease of 2024, what’s the key to Akira Again’s success? “No person thinks once I say [that] it’s important to be extraordinarily blessed and blessed, and someway you wish to ship the luck to your existence,” he shares. “It’s important to observe your goals, it’s important to be obsessed with what you might be enterprise. It’s important to be surrounded by individuals at present higher than you. All my cooks are improved than I’m. I’ve to make use of the service of oldsters higher than I’m to [make it work]. I actually think about that’s [the secret of] my success—I genuinely use the best of the best.”

Akira Again Delray is discovered on the bottom floor of The Ray Lodge (by Menin Development), 233 NE 2nd Ave., Delray Seashore, FL 33444. For much extra information go to or

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