Rok may be gone, but Nordic dining in Islington is back with the opening of Skal. They've quietly taken over the space left by Rok on Islington's Upper Street promising traditional Nordic recipes but with a modern, seasonal twist from head chef Lauri Hilli (formerly Sanctum Soho). The space looks much the same as it was with Rok - it still has a stripped-back Scandi vibe, so fits the new restaurant well.
As for the menu - here's
Popular Scottish chain Söderberg is expanding to London, bringing their cardamom buns and open sarnies to Soho's Berwick Street.
This new Nordic restaurant comes from Soren Jessen, the man behind 1 Lombard Street. Here, it's all about all-day Nordic cooking and Scandinavian pastries.
The London branch of this celebrated New York restaurant is a rare example of a successful Transatlantic import
Jay Rayner praised the "the sheer pleasure" of their food. Grace Dent eulogised their "highly devourable sharing plates". And on the back of such success Shoreditch smokehouse Rök are now opening their second restaurant. They're taking over a Grade II listed building halfway up Upper Street where they'll open a 60-seat restaurant and bar in July.
Rök Islington will launch with a seasonal summer menu by executive chef Matt Young featuring aged beef rump with