5/06/2013 09:05:00 AM

Noord Opens Wednesday on East Passyunk (Check Out the Menu)

On Wednesday, May 8, Noord will join the impressive restaurant lineup on East Passyunk. The concept for the “eetcafe” has stayed true to what Joncarl Lachman told us back in January: it will be a cozy BYO serving a range of Northern European cuisine.

The chef, who gained acclaim at two restaurants in Chicago (Vincent and HB Home Bistro, where he maintains an interest), is thrilled to be back in his native Philadelphia, realizing a long-held dream. “The sense of community on East Passyunk is amazing,” he says. “I was once in Paris, in the Marais, and out the window I saw a shopkeeper sweeping the sidewalk in front of his shop, with evident pride. I wanted to have that, to be that, and now I will.”

Lachman’s opening menu is split simply into two sections, full of words in Dutch and a sprinkling of Danish and Finnish. We’re excited for the pork belly uitsmijter - a fried egg and ham dish classic in Holland (here made with a duck egg and melted Edam cheese); the changing board of open-faced smorrebrod; and the lohikeitto, a chowder of Norwegian salmon and leeks.

There’s also less foreign-sounding fare, such as a grilled lamb burger, a rotisserie Lancaster chicken, and seared diver scallops. Even safe diners probably won’t be able to resist the bitterballen, pork meatballs that are braised and fried. Appetizers range from $9-$17 and mains from $17-$28. (Check out the full dinner menu, below.)

Sidewalk dining is coming as soon as the permit is approved - expect eight or so seats to join the 38 inside. Though the space is BYO, across-the-street-neighbor Fond will carry a slate of Northern European brews meant to pair with Lachman’s food. The list is still being finalized, but look for big bottles of La Chouffe, a Dutch “workingman’s beer” called Hollandia, and a sahti, a type of Finnish beer made with juniper berries instead of hops.

Noord will be open 5-10 PM, Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday and 5-11 PM, Friday-Saturday. Brunch will likely launch next week, 10 AM-2 PM, Sundays. E-mail for reservations.

1026 East Tasker St.

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