Rök to end The Kitchens residency to open first Soho restaurant

By Sophie Witts contact

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Rok Soho restaurant The Kitchens

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Nordic-inspired restaurant group Rök is set to launch its first central London site in Soho later this year.

The team will be ending their residency at The Kitchens at Old Spitalfields Market​ on 19 January to focus on the opening.

For the first time Rök, which means ‘smoke’ in Swedish, will be moving its menu away from smoked meats to focus on plant and vegetable-centric dishes, while the drinks menu will introduce new non-alcoholic and low ABV house meads and drinking vinegars.

Rök was founded in Shoreditch in 2015​ by former Barnyard chef Matt Young, alongside Charles Bakker and Frida Lindmark.

A second site opened in Islington in 2016, and the team began a residency at The Kitchens in October.

The restaurant uses techniques such as brining, pickling and smoking with British ingredients to create Scandinavian-inspired dishes.

“We try to approach every site with a unique mindset and this will be no different for our new central London site,” says Young.

“At Rök Soho we really want to elevate the preservation techniques in order to develop a new and exciting offer that has the Rök hallmarks, but is also relevant to the way that people want to eat in this area.

"Our menu has always been influenced by dishes and ingredients from Scandinavia and we feel this is the right time to introduce some of the unique ingredients from across the region which are mostly absent from menus in London.”

Rök Soho will open in mid-2018.

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