Shoreditch will get just a little bit hipper this summer as new ‘Nordic Smokehouse’ restaurant and bar, Rök, opens on Curtain Road in August. Taking over the site of an old east London café, the owners have turned the space into a 40-cover restaurant and bar open for lunch, dinner and late night drinks with a downstairs cocktail bar to follow.
Rök, which means ‘smoke’ in Swedish, uses techniques such as brining, pickling and smoking, to prepare 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.
Meats are supplied by British charcutiers Cobble Lane Cured in Islington, and are cooked at Rök on a custom built, charcoal fuelled BBQ – the centrepiece of the kitchen. Matt Young (formerly of Ollie Dabbous’s Barnyard and Aveqia) leads the team of chefs.
As well as BBQ meats expect pickles and ferments like dill pickle and seasonal wild mushrooms.