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What’s on the menu at Dasha, Michelin-starred chef Akira Back’s flashy new Chinese restaurant with private karaoke rooms

By Renée Suen| Photography by Renée Suen
What's on the menu at Dasha, Michelin-starred chef Akira Back's flashy new Chinese restaurant with private karaoke rooms

Name: Dasha Contact: 620 King St. W, 416-601-0662, dashatoronto.com, @dashatoronto
Neighbourhood: King West Owners: Honeycomb Hospitality (Petty Cash, Baro) Chef: Akira Back (Akira Back) and Bi “Alan” Shuang (Lebua Hotels and Resorts in Bangkok) Accessibility: Fully accessible

The food

Unlike Back’s other spots that focus on Japanese and Korean flavours with some American influence mixed in, Dasha serves modern Chinese dishes made with traditional techniques—and plated very fancifully. As it’s Back’s first foray into the cuisine, he’s recruited Shuang to oversee the kitchen. Guests can expect dishes like sweet-and sour-chicken, Kung Pao chicken and salt-and-pepper prawns alongside traditional fried rice and a Mongolian-style steak served with a black truffle sauce. There’s also Peking duck and some familiar dim sum items, like har gow.

What's on the menu at Dasha, Michelin-starred chef Akira Back's flashy new Chinese restaurant with private karaoke rooms
Steamed har gow (prawn dumplings) are served with chili and sweet topan (fermented broad bean) sauce. $14.

 

What's on the menu at Dasha, Michelin-starred chef Akira Back's flashy new Chinese restaurant with private karaoke rooms
Dressed in teriyaki sauce, the black cod is served with asparagus and shacha, a satay-like barbecue sauce. $33.

 

What's on the menu at Dasha, Michelin-starred chef Akira Back's flashy new Chinese restaurant with private karaoke rooms
The signature Angry Chicken is coated in chilies, sesame seeds, peanuts and Szechuan peppers, and presented with a nest of fried noodles. $16.

 

What's on the menu at Dasha, Michelin-starred chef Akira Back's flashy new Chinese restaurant with private karaoke rooms
The black pepper beef tenderloin comes with green and yellow zucchini, spring onions and bell peppers in a black bean sauce. It’s finished with a fancy fan made of fried glass noodles. $29.

 

What's on the menu at Dasha, Michelin-starred chef Akira Back's flashy new Chinese restaurant with private karaoke rooms
The whole Peking Duck is roasted in a hung oven...

 

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What's on the menu at Dasha, Michelin-starred chef Akira Back's flashy new Chinese restaurant with private karaoke rooms
... and basted with hot oil. It’s hand-sliced and served with thin pancakes and sliced cucumbers. $50 (half) and $99 (whole).

 

What's on the menu at Dasha, Michelin-starred chef Akira Back's flashy new Chinese restaurant with private karaoke rooms
Available only for the karaoke room guests, The Mix Tape is an appetizer platter filled with chicken balls, The General’s Vegetable, five-spice tofu spring rolls and chicken skewers. $33.

 

What's on the menu at Dasha, Michelin-starred chef Akira Back's flashy new Chinese restaurant with private karaoke rooms
Here it is again.

 

The drinks

Wine, beer, shochu, sake and baiju. There are also signature cocktails made using ingredients like soju, genmaicha tea, wasabi, ginseng and ube. For the karaoke rooms, a cocktail cart makes the rounds, and bottle service is available, too.

What's on the menu at Dasha, Michelin-starred chef Akira Back's flashy new Chinese restaurant with private karaoke rooms
The house sake is the Dassai 39. $13 a glass.

 

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What's on the menu at Dasha, Michelin-starred chef Akira Back's flashy new Chinese restaurant with private karaoke rooms
The Jade Palace is a spritz made with St. Germain, yuzu, lime and sparkling wine that changes in flavour profile as its lychee-chlorophyll ice core melts. $12.50.

 

What's on the menu at Dasha, Michelin-starred chef Akira Back's flashy new Chinese restaurant with private karaoke rooms
The Zen Garden is made with Remy Martin VSOP, citrus, soursop, blood orange and rhubarb. It’s presented tableside on a platter with a real bonsai tree. $19.50.

 

What's on the menu at Dasha, Michelin-starred chef Akira Back's flashy new Chinese restaurant with private karaoke rooms
Here it is again, in the glass this time.

 

The space

Geared to be a one-stop shop for dining and entertainment, Solid Design Creative Inc. designed the two-level space with custom murals, fancy furniture and neon accents. A large spiral staircase leads up to the second-floor private dining room and five karaoke rooms—each equipped with high-quality sound equipment and a library of 60,000 songs from classic rock to J-Pop.

What's on the menu at Dasha, Michelin-starred chef Akira Back's flashy new Chinese restaurant with private karaoke rooms
Some tables in the main dining room are outfitted with built-in Lazy Susans.

 

What's on the menu at Dasha, Michelin-starred chef Akira Back's flashy new Chinese restaurant with private karaoke rooms
What's on the menu at Dasha, Michelin-starred chef Akira Back's flashy new Chinese restaurant with private karaoke rooms
What's on the menu at Dasha, Michelin-starred chef Akira Back's flashy new Chinese restaurant with private karaoke rooms
What's on the menu at Dasha, Michelin-starred chef Akira Back's flashy new Chinese restaurant with private karaoke rooms
The kitchen-flanking bar seats are called the Hot Seats.

 

What's on the menu at Dasha, Michelin-starred chef Akira Back's flashy new Chinese restaurant with private karaoke rooms
What's on the menu at Dasha, Michelin-starred chef Akira Back's flashy new Chinese restaurant with private karaoke rooms
The second floor private dining room overlooks the main floor.

 

What's on the menu at Dasha, Michelin-starred chef Akira Back's flashy new Chinese restaurant with private karaoke rooms
It also has a bar nearby.

 

What's on the menu at Dasha, Michelin-starred chef Akira Back's flashy new Chinese restaurant with private karaoke rooms
What's on the menu at Dasha, Michelin-starred chef Akira Back's flashy new Chinese restaurant with private karaoke rooms
Each of the themed karaoke rooms can accommodate up to a dozen guests on custom-made leather loungers. Reservations are made through the website and rooms are available by the hour.

 

What's on the menu at Dasha, Michelin-starred chef Akira Back's flashy new Chinese restaurant with private karaoke rooms
Here’s one of the rooms.

 

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What's on the menu at Dasha, Michelin-starred chef Akira Back's flashy new Chinese restaurant with private karaoke rooms
And another.

 

What's on the menu at Dasha, Michelin-starred chef Akira Back's flashy new Chinese restaurant with private karaoke rooms
And another!

 

What's on the menu at Dasha, Michelin-starred chef Akira Back's flashy new Chinese restaurant with private karaoke rooms
Because of its wallpaper, this room is known as the Gucci Room.

 

What's on the menu at Dasha, Michelin-starred chef Akira Back's flashy new Chinese restaurant with private karaoke rooms
This is the White Rabbit room, obviously.

 

What's on the menu at Dasha, Michelin-starred chef Akira Back's flashy new Chinese restaurant with private karaoke rooms
Dasha is tucked away at the back of 620 King St., so look for the entrance on the west side of the rear part of the building.

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