A Scandinavian restaurant specialising in smoked dishes and locally sourced British ingredients.
Rök had only been operating for a week on our visit, but staff had mastered the knack of communicating dish details in a non-robotic way. Our only bugbear was the teeny size of the tables for two – but even they’re likely to be hot tickets soon. Rök? Totally worth it, rain or shine.
|Venue name:||Rök Smokehouse and Bar|
26 Curtain Road
|Opening hours:||5pm – 11pm Mon - Thurs; 5pm-1am Fri - Sat.|
|Transport:||Tube: Old Street or Shoreditch High Street rail|
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Average User Rating
4.6 / 5
- 5 star:6
- 4 star:2
- 3 star:1
- 2 star:0
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Rok only opened recently, but is already packed every night. We arrived at 9.50 for our 10.00 reservation and our table was still waiting to clear. We were offered a seat at the bar while we waited and ordered a couple of delicious Hoxton Negronis (the addition of grapefruit bitters works really well). Sebastian behind the bar was very welcoming. We like sitting at bars as a general rule so asked if we could just eat there - this was greeted enthusiastically and worked for everyone! On to the food. Rok is a Nordic smokehouse, but that's misleading - smoke is used to heighten flavours rather than over power as so often happens, so while all the dishes have some smokiness, it tends to be very subtle, like an extra welcome ingredient. We were told that the cauliflower cheese with grated braesola and the ribeye had run out (more on that later), so ordered pickled cucumber, pickled wild mushrooms, scallops with samphire and nduja oil, a quail scotch egg (also made with nduja), duck with loganberry, guinea fowl, with sides of bone marrow mash and a beet salad. While finishing our starters, we were told that there was actually one ribeye left if we wanted to swap, which we did for the guinea fowl. Catherine, who looked after U.S., couldn't have been more helpful, and actually brought the guinea fowl as well on the house. All the food is sensational, flavours, enhanced by the smoking, are like your perfect comfort food taken to the next level. The duck was probably the stand out dish for us, but I'd happily eat everything again. There's a very short wine list and we had a lovely rich Puglia which complemented the flavours perfectly. Total for all the above, including cocktails, was £116 including service, which is fantastic value for cooking of this quality. Maybe it's our tastes and preference for less formal eating, but I'd much rather eat the food here than the much-lauded Clove Club down the road. Looks like we've found our new neighbourhood favourite!
How much l say Scandinavian?
I had arranged dinner for two at Rök last night.small restaurant with impeccable service. Bring me back a good home-cook-meal in Tapas style. Pistachio cocktail. beyond!
At the end of the night.I was lingering and l wanted to put my arms around these guys.
And one thing you know for sure,
Happy people,makes Happy food.
We had a lovely night. We'll come back.
Last night I went with a group of friends to the new restaurant Rök Smokehouse and Bar in Shoreditch. The local is very small and has a life kitchen at the end of the dinning-room. I’ve tried the nduja scotch quail egg with dijon mayonnaise. The combination of flavours was very unusual. Maybe because I’m the mayonnaise number one fan. The cobble lane charcuterie with toasted sourdough and pickles was just perfect. Last came the pork with granny smith and the guinea fowl with the cauliflower cheese and the bone marrow mash. The meat was very tender but I felt that the portion could be a little bit bigger. For dessert I had the wood roasted peach with crème fraiche, honey and almond. Definitely, the best choice of the night. The food, although tasty, is very pretentious and overpriced, this wasn't helped by bad service.
Last night I had a wonderful evening at Rok Smokehouse! We arrived a little early but could still sit straight down, the staff were very friendly, discussing the food and giving us different suggestions. We had the daily pickle, the cuts of meat, the duck, the beef, all cooked/smoked perfectly! For out sides we had sweet potatoes and the goats cheese salad. For three people this was a good amount of food. Oh and I can't forget the smoked peach dessert. A special mention goes to the blonde waiter in the checked shirt who was very attentive, gave lots of detail about the food, and who my friend fell in love with a little bit. ;-)
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