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Vegas Celebrity Chef Akira Back Is Opening a Dry-Aged Korean Steakhouse in LA

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High-end Korean barbecue meets American steakhouse at the Beverly Center this November

A steak engulfed in flames on a grill.
Korean barbecue meets classic American steakhouse at ABSteak.
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Cathy Chaplin is a senior editor at Eater LA, a James Beard Award–nominated journalist, and the author of Food Lovers’ Guide to Los Angeles.

Las Vegas celebrity chef Akira Back will open the first U.S. outlet of ABSteak inside the Beverly Center in November. The Korean steakhouse, which debuted in Jakarta, Indonesia in 2017, has additional outlets planned for San Francisco, Dallas, and Boston. The Beverly Center is home to a number of high-profile chefs and restaurants including Michael Mina’s Cal Mare and Joshua Skenes’s Angler.

In a town chock-full of Korean barbecue restaurants, as well as classic and contemporary steakhouses, ABSteak plans to stand out by combining and refining the best elements from each genre. The restaurant will have a “chamber” dedicated to dry-aging meat up to 120 days. Additionally, the menu will include a vast selection of domestic and imported beef.

Korean-inspired sauces like a spicy and funky ssamjang will be on hand to enhance the red meat’s flavors, along with a wide selection of rare salts. Every table will be equipped with smokeless charcoal grills to assure that smoke is imparted onto the beef and not onto patrons.

Back, the chef behind Las Vegas’s Yellowtail at the Bellagio and Kumi at Mandalay Bay, currently runs 15 restaurants worldwide. He was awarded a Michelin star in 2018 for his restaurant DOSA in Seoul, Korea.

ABSteak. 8500 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048.