What’s The Deal?
The new Islington outpost of the original Rok in Shoreditch. A Scandinavian feel, with a focus on all things smoked.
I was pretty excited when Rok opened on Upper Street (any excuse to try another restaurant in the neighborhood!) and it definitely didn’t disappoint.
We started off with a few from the ‘Pickles’ section at the top of the menu. I’m not generally a massive pickle fan but the Dill & Cucumber was so sweet and delicious.
Scallop to start with nduja and seaweed was great (a popular choice among our group) and the smoky flavour really came through. The Charcuterie special with char-grilled bread (shown above) also was a brilliant ‘sharer’ for the table. Then it was onto mains.
I went for Guinea Fowl with pickled mushroom, sea puslane (not 100% sure what this was at the time of ordering!) and cured pork which was amazing. The Guinea Fowl almost tasted like it has been cooked in a sous vide and then finished on the grill as it was juicy on the inside but the skin had a decent bite and flavour to it.
We shared a couple of sides and honestly, some of these were almost the star of the show! My absolute favourite was the Blackened cabbage with Nori rice, macadamia and Vasterbottensost cheese. Oh. My. God. This was like nothing I had every tasted before! Essentially cabbage, rice and cheese, it might not sound like an obvious combination but my word it was good.
Other sides we sampled were the Burnt sweet potato with horseradish creme fraiche and Preserved tomato salad with fermented barley, both great.
Last up, dessert was Pale Ale peanut butter ice cream with dark chocolate mousse, one of two dessert choices available. The menu isn’t massive here but it is consistently good and this was a solid dessert.
We drank two bottles of good red wine (Spanish I think) that were recommended by the waiter who seemed really knowledgeable about the overall menu and drinks. Next time I’ll be trying the cocktail selection as well! Overall this was a really great dining and drinking experience so check them out.
Trendy yet chilled, with friendly service. Perfect for hanging out with friends or on a date night – make sure you book in advance though as this place is pretty popular and there aren’t masses of tables. I can’t wait to visit here again!
Budget or Bust?
££ – We spent roughly £50 per head for a decent amount of food and wine. Quality of both was exceptionally high so this was good for a Friday night out.
149 Upper Street, N1 1RA