Rok; what is it?
Using their words it is:
"We're about simplicity & smoke.
Rök smokehouse is influenced by the old cooking techniques of Northern Europe. We specialise in brined and cured British meats, all cooked on fire served alongside fermented and preserved seasonal UK produce."
We ordered the Guinea Fowl and Duck as our mains and with these we had Cauliflower cheese and Burnt Sweet Potatoes as our sides. It doesn't sound like much but it was more than enough. My belly cannot handle much these days.
Visually, each dish was equally EPIC too. The use of colours worked perfectly on this autumn night and with a seasonal menu, you get what you want, when you need it. On Halloween weekend, this meant Orange and Root veg with Sweet Potato, a pumpkin mash, Roast Parsnip and Mushroom. Makes you feel warm already. Warm and Smokey in fact.
The burnt sweet potato mash was also up there, if not better. The horseradish creme fraiche gave a nice contrast to the sweet potato that worked perfectly. Who would have thought it? Potato and Creme Fraiche; not me. The horseradish element and burnt potato added an array of textures which made Laura and I keep on returning to this dish. Laura was full before me and this left me the chance to finish the rest of this dish off, when a lot was still left.
The meat on both were cooked really well. The quail coming off the bone with minimal effort, whilst the mallard meat was tender and juicy. The warmth of the veg alongside each dish made it really hearty and very filling too.
I would say the food is definitely top quality and up there with places that have rosettes or Michelin stars and the great thing with RoK is that the portion sizes are very generous. I would say that if we have ordered starters, we probably would have not finished the main courses and sides.
This smokehouse puts as much attention to all aspects of the dish in order to make it a winner. The smoke on the puree or the mushroom and even on the cheese; all make this little restaurant a big destination in London. A quick word on the service; this could be a bit better. Our waitress spent a lot of her time waiting for the food and not being attentive, so it did take a while to get her attention for extra drinks and the bill at the end.
A great night of food with a great use of seasonal food and flavours. Thank you to a great night of RoK and ROLL. GET IT.