Flavour of the Week: Rök Smokehouse
This week, we find delicious smoked meats, pickles and beards aplenty at Shoreditch's Nordic-inspired restaurant Rök Smokehouse and Bar
What's the draw
Like Nordic food? If so, you'll love this cozy, bare-bricked smokehouse in Shoreditch (which wouldn't look out of place in Copenhagen) that specialises in Scandinavian-style smoked meat and small plates.
What to drink
There's some wine to be found in the Nordics, but not a hell of a lot. With this in mind, we eschewed it in favour of cocktails: the Hoxton Negroni, with its added dashes of grapefruit bitters, got our appetite going nicely. Which brings us to...View on Instagram
What to eat
Are you sitting comfortably? Good – you'll need to be. Small plates they may be, but the dishes are all rich, unctuous meat and stupidly moreish sides: the 'nduja scotch egg was predictably delicious; our beef, smoked in a manner not dissimilar to salt beef, was great, and the lamb cutlets were even better. We loved the beet salad, too – slow-smoked and charred beetroot married perfectly with creamy goat's cheese and the crunch of macademia nuts – the chilli running through our pickled cabbage was just the right level of warming piquancy, and the bone marrow mash was, well, bone marrow mash. Need we say more?
Cocktails and dinner for two: around £90.
26 Curtain Road, EC2A 3NZ; roklondon.com.