Q&A JONCARL LACHMAN
Joncarl can be credited with bringing a big piece of Dutch culture to Philadelphia. Here, we chat with him about his influences, his favorite local spots and why he chose Philly to settle down.
What is a typical day- off like for you? In the restaurant business most of us have Monday as our “Saturday.” It is a bit of an upside down world, but I like it. I wake up and watch Morning Joe then often will head to Sam’s Morning Glory for breakfast. I am a big walker and our city lends itself to that. It’s great to get out and explore our neighborhoods.
Other than your own places, what’s your favorite restaurant in the city? We are a close-knit group of restaurant people in Philly, so this is a rough question. Right now, my favorite new spot is Jaxon in Northern Liberties. My other old favorites include Fond (our neighbors), Townsend (our industry watering hole), Serpico, Helm and Little Fish.
Where do you get the inspiration for your menus? The Dutch is a full collaboration between Lee Styer and myself. As for the menu for Noord, inspirations come from a combination of my mother’s cooking and what is going on in the newly exciting restaurant scene in Amsterdam.
What do you typically cook for yourself at home? Other than breakfast, I rarely cook at home. I DO love to make myself an Uitsmijter, which is an open-faced egg, meat and cheese sandwich served with a salad and pickles that is very popular in the Netherlands. A version is on the menus both at the Dutch and Noord.
In your opinion, what is a must- see spot for people visiting Philly? Our city is so full of history and great attractions, but I always tell our visitors to get out into some of the neighborhoods and get to know our people. Don’t just stay in Center City.
Have you seen Philly influenced by Dutch culture at all? Sometimes if you squint, some of the architecture in Center City can remind you of Amsterdam.