Details On Noord Owner Joncarl Lachman’s New North African Restaurant in the Italian Market

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Put down that Dutch Cookery book, Joncarl!

I had dinner at Noord last night on East Passyunk Avenue, but before I left I made sure to bend Chef / owner Joncarl Lachman’s ear about what he has planned for his new location in the Italian Market. 

First things first: They’re deciding between two names: Bistro Neuf or Restaurant Neuf. The name Neuf, because “neuf” means 9 in French and the restaurant is on 9th Street—in the former location of Argentinian steakhouse 943.

The menu will be North African with French influences. I’m told to expect hearty Moroccan tajines (yes, some with pigeon), braised meats and even bouillabaisse. 

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Name a Sandwich (and do other cool food things) for Charity!

passyunk-ave-manhole-cover-jeff-fusco-940The East Passyunk Crossing Civic Organization, which manages zoning for EPX and sponsors neighborhood cleanups and other good neighborly things, is auctioning off sweet Philly food experiences. Now through Sunday, March 1st you can bid your heart out (and outbid everyone else’s hearts out) for a good cause.

Some of the cooler auction items include a bread making class followed by a private dinner for 8 at Noord; a pasta making lesson from Lynn Rinaldi (of Paradiso); designing and naming your own sandwich at American Sardine Bar (we are particularly partial to this idea); and an ice cream making experience at Little Baby’s.

For more information on the auction, or to actually bid on stuff, click here.

The Details on East Passyunk Restaurant Week

Joe Cicala's Le Virtu and his new Brigantessa will participate in East Passyunk Restaurant Week | Photo via Brigantessa

Photo via Brigantessa

If 15 days of Center City Restaurant Week weren’t enough, you’re in luck: the third annual East Passyunk Restaurant Week is happening, Sunday February 22nd to Saturday February 28th.

28 restaurants have agreed to participate in East Passyunk’s Restaurant Week. Each meal will be 3-courses and priced at $15, $25 or$35. Even if you forget to make your reservations early, following #EPRW on twitter ensures that you’ll hear about last minute cancellations so you can swoop in.

Several restaurants from the Philadelphia magazine’s 50 Best Restaurants are participating, including Fond, Noord, Townsend, Stateside, Will and Le Vitrtu. Newcomers BrigantessaBing Bing Dim Sum and P’unk Burger will be participating as well.

East Passyunk Restaurant Week [Official]

Pelago: A Filipino Pop-Up

pelago logoChef Lou Boquila of Audrey Claire is launching a series of Filipino pop-up dinners. The first dinner is scheduled for Monday, February 23rd at NOORD on Passyunk Avenue.

Chef Boquila was born in the Philippines and came to Philadelphia with his family when he was eight-years old. Boquila has been executive chef at Audrey Claire since 2007.

The four-course dinner with complimentary cocktail is $45 per person (cash only) and there are seatings at 6 to 6:30 p.m. and 8 to 8:30 p.m. The menu will include vegetarian and pescatarian options.

For more information, check the Pelago web site and be sure to follow the pop-ups on Twitter and Instagram.

UPDATE: The pop-up is now sold out.

Pelago [Official]

DIY Down the Shore: Joncarl Lachman’s Summer Frittata

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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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Ask Nicely: Secret Dishes Around Philly

Photo courtesy Zagat

Photo courtesy Zagat

A couple days back, Danya Henninger from the Philly Zagat blog put together a great list of the 20 best secret menu items at restaurants in Philly. And while yes, there are a few odd ones in there to round out the list (the pork pastrami sandwich at Fitler isn’t exactly “secret” and the blistered shishito peppers at Bar Ferdinand come with the patatas bravas), but that doesn’t matter because the list, as a whole, is awesome for those who don’t already know about the existence of these dishes, and a fantastic reminder of some of the best one-off plates in the city for those seen-it-all souls who think they already know everything.

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Noord to Launch Brunch

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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.

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Foobooz After Dark: Rijsttafel At Noord

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Foobooz After Dark (Photography by Ted Apostolacus)

Hardena does this every day. Stop in sometime during the week, and you’ll see. Just walk in, pick your plastic cutlery and a paper plate with a heaping pile of rice, and have one of the beautiful sisters top it with Surabaya classics. Sit in a rolling chair, roll yourself close, and delight in the first bite–because that bite will knock your taste buds around with every bit of gusto South Philly has running through its veins. And although they do it every day on the corner of 1754 S  Hicks Street, there was something different about Saturday’s Foobooz After Dark rijsttafel dinner

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