DIY Down the Shore: Joncarl Lachman’s Summer Frittata


Noord’s brunch menu is usually supplemented by weekly specials you probably won’t find on another brunch menu in Philly—like Zurkool & Eggs (beer-braised cabbage, smoked sausage and eggs) or Whole Trout Amandine. But usually, those specials include a frittata, and Joncarl loves frittatas.

This recipe can be done with any sort of seasonal vegetable (you can get your ingredients at any of these places), and you’ll be able to impress your brunch friends before you go out on the water for the day.

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Noord to Launch Brunch


Photo via NOORD

Joncarl Lachman’s NOORD is turning one-year-old and is celebrating by adding brunch to the popular East Passyunk BYOB’s menu. The menu features a section of hashes including 12-hour braised brisket and Kabritu Stoba, made with Netherland Antilles braised goat. The menu also offers a selection of three-egg omelets that include green apple, sharp cheddar and bacon as well as a spiced crabmeat omelet with braised leeks and dill sour cream. Looking for something sweet, try the deep-fried French Toast.

And since NOORD is a BYOB, Lachman is offering a couple of  “Virgin Mary” mixes for those bringing their own vodka. The Hollander is served with pickled herring and cucumber while the Zeelander served with a smoked prawn and pickles.

Brunch kicks off on Mother’s Day, May 11th and will be offered every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reservations are accepted.

The full brunch menu at NOORD »

Mark Your Calendars: East Passyunk Restaurant Week Is Coming

east_passyunk_ave_restaurant_week_2014The second annual East Passyunk Restaurant Week will run from Sunday, February 23rd through March 1st, 2014. The week of restaurant deals will include Noord’s Joncarl Lachman and Laurel’s Nicholas Elmi for the first time.

Twenty-four restaurants will participate in total, offering brunch, lunch and dinner menus for $15, $25 and $35. Look for specific menus to start being announced on the official web site on January 29th. Reservations are now being announced.

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It’s A Matter of Taste – Joncarl Lachman on Philly’s Food Scene


Illustration by Alex Fine

What makes Philadelphia different from the other big restaurant cities, like New York or Chicago?

Joncarl Lachman, Noord: “I lived in both of those other cities and cooked in both, so I’ll be talking from real experience. There’s a camaraderie that exists in Philly that doesn’t exist in other cities like Chicago and New York. Not just between restaurants and the people, but between chefs and the other restaurants. Maybe it’s the size of the city combined with the Philly personalities, but it doesn’t quite exist anywhere else that I’ve worked.”

The January, 2014 issue of Philadelphia magazine is devoted to food. The issue serves up frequently asked questions and insightful answers about Philadelphia’s food scene. Check out the sneak peek online, it  includes answers from Peter Serpico, Anne CollScott Schroeder, Joncarl Lachman and others.

Look for the full issue hitting newsstands next week.

A Matter of Taste [Philadelphia Magazine]


Noord Unveils Fall Menu


Noord has achieved its fair share of positive reviews throughout the spring and summer but there’s no doubt that the Dutch/Nordic cuisine of the Passyunk BYOB is going to be best suited for cooler months. Here’s a look at chef Joncarl Lachman’s first fall menu, it’s all about the snert! Not really, it’s just that we love saying snert.

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What To Drink At Noord: Mustard Beer


Before he opened Noord, Joncarl Lachman shared a draft of his menu with a chef friend in New York to get an outside opinion. The feedback he received wasn’t exactly a huge surprise. “She told me I needed to take some of the mustard off,” he told me back in July, laughing.

Hard as it may be to imagine—considering an opening menu packed with dishes like mustard-laced pork balls, scallops in mustard soup, and trout with mustard three ways—Lachman actually followed her advice. Noord is actually less mustardy than he originally envisioned.

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A Dutch Vibe and and Artist’s Hand to Noord


Trey Popp dines at Johncarl Lachman’s Noord. He finds that the East Passyunk BYOB is more Dutch than Scandinavian but worth the visit nonetheless.

Pickled and smoked fish are the standouts. Lachman’s broodje haring is mercifully restrained: He leaves the aggressive funkiness of the genuine article in Amsterdam and brings to Philly a light pickling liquid that’s longer on wine and water. From this, the Icelandic herring fillets he was getting in early summer emerged with a sprightly tang that was an ideal answer to the heat wave. There was also wet-smoked salmon, velvety and rich, and lean smoked trout—part of a trio of open-faced fish sandwiches showered with tiny carrot crisps.

Two-and-a-half stars – Good to Excellent

Philadelphia Restaurant Review: Noord’s Northern European Homeyness [Philadelphia Magazine]
Noord [Official Site]

Photo by Courtney Apple

More Praise for East Passyunk’s Noord


Brian Freedman reviews Joncarl Lachman’s Noord and finds the latest addition to East Passyunk’s restaurant scene is another bright spot.

Though an entree of rabbit leg confit was too much to finish in one sitting—but what a lunch the next day!—I didn’t miss a drop of the creamy sauce at the bottom of the plate; floating with thyme-tinged aromatics, it was a distillation of all that Noord does so brilliantly. As for the rabbit, it maintained a moistness and delicacy that the notoriously difficult-to-cook meat rarely does. Forked with zuurkool (think of sauerkraut) as well as a coin of smoked pork sausage and maybe a tender carrot slice, this was as hearty as it was thoughtful.

Noord brings East Passyunk its first hub of Dutch and Scandinavian cuisine [Philadelphia Weekly]
Noord [Official Site]

Jon Lachman’s Noord Gets Three Bells


Craig LaBan heaps three-bell praise on Jon Lachman and his Northern European BYOB, Noord.

The veteran chef’s innate skill, though, is evident in his ability to transform otherwise familiar foods into something memorable. The mussels, for example, come Amsterdam-style, infused with the haunting perfume of star anise. A pair of thin pork chops become irresistible with tangy apple gastrique and shatteringly crisp potatoes. Even mundane salmon is elevated by a creamy Norwegian lohikeitto, a chowder sauce redolent of leeks and coriander that was somehow flavorful without being heavy.

Three Bells – Excellent

Noord Eetcafe: A chef-owned BYO’s ode to the North Sea [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Noord Eetcafe [Official Site]

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