Duck, sushi and Michelin stars resume on the deck of the Med Center hotel


The Medical Center’s newest luxury hotel will soon be home to two destination-worthy restaurants. Chefs Ho Chee Boon and Akira Back will both be opening new concepts at Blossom Hotel in early 2022: Duck House by Boon and AB Sushi.

The two chefs have run restaurants which have been awarded a Michelin star. While executive chef of the Hakkasan group, Chef Ho was awarded a star for Yauatcha’s Soho London (he also opened this pop-up establishment in Houston), and Back’s Seoul DOSA restaurant, one of the most prestigious ‘a dozen he operates around the world, held a 2017-2020 star.

Duck House will offer a menu of Cantonese dishes such as stir-fries, dim sum and soup. The signature duck comes from Joe Jurgielewicz & Son LTD, a family-owned duck farm in Pennsylvania. Considered “America’s tastiest duck”, Chef Ho selected them for their crispy skin and meat-to-fat ratio. He also serves Jurgielewicz & Son ducks at Empress by Boon, his newly opened restaurant in San Francisco.

“I am proud to present Cantonese flavors and dishes that reflect my modern sensibility and my unique ingredients,” Chef Ho said in a statement. “Through Duck House by Boon, I hope to build on the kitchen’s legacy while bringing guests together for a meal where guests can create lasting memories with their friends and loved ones.

A native of Korea who grew up in Aspen, Colorado, Akira Back had a career as a professional snowboarder before becoming a professional chef. It currently operates 16 restaurants worldwide and plans to add 10 more by 2024, including an outpost of its eponymous and modern Japanese restaurant Akira Back in Dallas.

AB Sushi will serve sushi, sashimi and other Japanese inspired dishes. Its atmosphere will be refined, according to a press release.

“AB Sushi at Blossom Hotel Houston will serve as a welcoming environment for fish lovers of all tastes and levels of experience,” said Chef Akira Back. “I am passionate about introducing people to my cuisine and look forward to bringing our menu to Houston. “

As CultureMap previously reported, the 16-story Blossom Hotel offers 267 luxury guest rooms and suites, plus over 9,000 square feet of meeting and event space. The property also features a rooftop pool and lounge with views of downtown Houston.


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