Lincoln, MA 01773
Clio alums Christian Touche and Chris Chung team up and head for the outskirts of town to create Aka Bistro, where French and Japanese cuisines come together. But this is no fusion joint - the Lincoln restaurant features two distinct menus - one full of authentic Provençal fare and the other innovative Japanese sashimi. The common culinary thread between the two halves is a reliance on fresh, seasonal and locally grown ingredients whenever possible.
Open for both lunch and dinner, Aka Bistro brings a citified dining experience to the suburbs - keeping all the style and sophistication but losing the big city price tag. The restaurant also serves weekend brunch and offers take-out for weary commuters, whether their driving by or hopping off the Commuter Rail at the Lincoln Station Depot. Once the warm weather hits, they have an expansive outdoor terrace that's an ideal spot to spend a summer evening.
Bastille Day at AKA Bistro
If you still have a little party left in you long after the last firework has fizzled, then break out ...
Chef Chris Chung was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. He spent his formative years in Macao, China, a Portuguese colony with east and west influences. Growing up in a family of restaurateurs and hoteliers, Chung's love of cooking came naturally and Macao proved to be an ideal breeding ground for his culinary curiosity.
Trained in Hawaii, Chung worked in various Japanese restaurants before moving to Boston in 2004, when he took the position of Executive Chef at Ken Oringer's Back Bay sashimi bar, Uni. Combining his extensive résumé and personal experience in both Asian and Portuguese cuisine, Chung built an award-winning menu full of unusual ingredients and adventurous flavor combinations, elegant presentations and beautifully balanced flavors.
In 2009, Chung was named Rising Star Chef for his innovative sashimi creations. He has mastered this delicate balance through the careful combination of ingredients. One example is his spicy tuna tataki with foie gras, aji amarillo, spiced strawberries and cumin cilantro, a dish that twists Spanish and Japanese flavors with the classic techniques of working with foie gras.
After six years at Uni, Chung and his partner Christian Touche, left the Back Bay in search of greener pastures - almost literally. In spring of 2010 the duo opened Aka Bistro in Lincoln, Mass. The restaurant features both a sushi bar (where Chung will showcase 600 of his own creative recipes) and a French bistro. For both menus Chung relies on local farmers in and around Lincoln to bring fresh seasonal food to the table.