Rök, a ‘Nordic Smokehouse’ restaurant and bar influenced by the drinking and dining cultures of Northern Europe opens in Shoreditch this August. Situated at the bottom of Curtain road, the owners have revived an old café, transforming it into a 40-seat restaurant and bar open for lunch, dinner and late night drinks with a downstairs cocktail bar to follow.
True to its name, the food at Rök, which means ‘smoke’ in Swedish, draws upon techniques such as brining, pickling and smoking, applying them to top quality British ingredients. The menu is made up mainly of smoked meat dishes, cures, pickles and vegetable dishes commonly found on tables across Northern Europe.
The British meats on the menu are supplied exclusively by award-winning British charcutiers Cobble Lane Cured, who have developed a range of products, including specially prepared meats and charcuterie specifically for the restaurant.
Meats are prepared and smoked at the Cobble Lane smokehouse in Islington before being sent to Rök where they are finished on a custom built, charcoal fuelled BBQ – the centerpiece of their kitchen.
Whilst meat makes up a key part of the offer the team, led by consultant chef Matt Young (Barnyard, Aveqia) have also devised an impressive range of salads and vegetarian offerings. Salads such as Charred Broccoli, pumpkin seeds and toasted almonds are available as mains and see the same level of care applied as with the meats.
The owners have distilled generations of family recipes and techniques into developing their pickles and ferments, jars of which are scattered throughout the restaurant. Expect to see Dill pickle and Seasonal wild mushrooms amongst the list of ever growing options that will rotate throughout the seasons
Dishes at launch will include
Beef shin croquettes with horseradish & parsley cream
Nduja quail scotch egg
Smoked Short Rib of beef with Birch syrup
Duck leg with bacon and lingonberry jam
Salads / Sides
Charred broccoli, pumpkin seeds and toasted almonds
Charcoal beet salad, goat’s cheese, toasted hazelnut, watercress
Bone marrow mash, garlic and parsley
Pickled slaw, cabbage, carrot & fennel
Sweet pickled cucumbers
The cocktail list and wine menu features a small but regularly changing list. Wines will be sourced from small producers and selected to match well with the distinct and punchy flavors found across the menu.
Those looking for a drink and a light snack are also welcome, with a regularly changing cocktail list, late license until 1:30am in the weekends and special bar snack menu served exclusively after 10pm.
Rök will hold a soft launch before opening. From the 3rd – 8th August, evenings only, diners will receive a 50% discount on food. Bookings for this will be taken on a first come, first serve basis. To reserve a table at the soft launch please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org