Hot new London restaurant openings: July

Rok Smokehouse Islington

Rok Islington

Having send Shoreditch into a pickle, Rok Smokehouse has opened a second site in Islington where it will showcase the best of Nordic cuisine.

The 60-cover site is overseen by executive chef Matt Young, who has launched with seasonal summer offerings like duck with lingonberry bacon jam and wood-smoked peach; mackerel with pickled onions and flamed crispbread; guinea fowl with semi-cured pork belly and butter poached wild vegetables; and dark chocolate mousse with espresso sorbet and malted crumb.

Super shaker Matt Whiley is in charge of the cocktails, so expect smoking and brining techniques to feature in the likes of the Seasonal Bones and the Aquavit Sour.

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