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ROK, Reykjavik

The Place

ROK is a cool and cosy restaurant right by the famous Hallgrimskirkja church.

This trendy little place serves up the likes of cured reindeer, Icelandic mussels and plokkfiskur (a traditional Icelandic fish pie). It’s the perfect place to sample contemporary Icelandic cuisine.

The Neighbourhood

ROK sits right at the end of one of Reykjavik’s main city streets. It’s about 10 minutes’ walk from 101 Hotel (read my review here.) and just a few buildings up from Brauð & Co., a little bakery that I fell in love with.

If you’d prefer a more laid back dining experience, head to Kröst and the Hlemmur Food Hall, a further 10 minutes away from ROK and the city centre.

A Good Shout for…

Warming up with a few cocktails and small plates after a visit to Reykjavik’s iconic church.

The Best Bits

  • The view. If you bag a table on the right side of the restaurant (or if you visit in summer and sit outside on the terrace) you get to ogle that beautiful white stone church for the duration of your visit.
  • The small plates. They may have been pricey and portions may have been small. But eating tapas style meant I tried a selection of delicious Icelandic dishes. I can also vouch for the cocktails. They know a thing or two about mixology in this place.
  • The design. It had that wonderful hygge feel. Warm lighting. Wooden beams. Friendly staff. And that amazing moss-covered roof.  

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