July 20, 2015

Dining Spotlight: Noord


Seared diver scallop

You’ve eaten the amazing French cuisine at Laurel, fallen in love with exotic Grecian flavors of Kanella, and, let’s face it, you live in Philadelphia – you’re no stranger to Italian food. If you’re ready to expand your palette and venture a bit northward, experience a taste of Northern Europe at one of Passyunk Square’s best restaurants.

Noord – the Dutch word for “North” – is consistently delightful. While the name might seem a bit odd sans explanation, you’d probably now concur that it’s quite a fitting name for a restaurant serving uniquely Dutch cuisine built upon the flavors of Northern Europe.

Chef and Owner Joncarl Lachman opened the Passyunk Square BYOB in May 2013 and, more than two years later, Noord has become a Philadelphia hotspot known for its delicious dishes and cozy-casual atmosphere. Lachman’s own heritage inspired the menu that focuses primarily on Dutch and also Scandinavian cuisine. Traditionally maintaining a simple listing of ingredients, both flavor profiles meld to create a unique dining experience you won’t find anywhere else in the City of Brotherly Love.

Lachman’s background is rather unconventional: the Philly native visited 33 countries before his 30th birthday and didn’t even attend culinary school until age 38!



A graduate of New York City’s Institute of Culinary Education, he was named the winner of the inaugural “San Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef” in 2002. Working under chefs like Nora Pouillon of D.C.’s Restaurant Nora (America’s first certified organic restaurant) and Anne Rosenzweig ofInside, Arcadia, and Lobster Club in NYC, Lachman received plenty of experience under his belt before returning to Philadelphia.

Read the full article here.