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t says: Last weekend, g and I hit up Noord with bw and some mutual friends.  We had heard great things, and because we were itching to BYO-it-up, it was the perfect opportunity.  When thinking of which wines to bring, we encountered a little bit of difficulty.  While I gravitate towards red as a matter of preference, and while the weather favors drinking a nice rich luscious red, I couldn’t help but wonder whether something white would go better with Noord’s foods.  But wait – isn’t it cold in the North Sea?  We had no choice but to bring one of each: bubbly rose, white, and red.  And what a great decision it was:

November 2013, Sunday Dinner, Party of 5.  Right off the bat, the five of us encountered a serious problem at Noord.  What to order!?  Each of us had first, second, and third-string choices.  And then there were some great-sounding specials on top of that! (There was a striped bass that sounded amazing).  In the end, we did finally manage to make our selections … from which here is a selection of photos:


Uitsmitjer (?”Oits-might-er?): open faced egg sandwich.  This was a wonderfully heart and homey way to start th emeal.  Actually – it was so oomphy, that I could have eaten it as a main course for a breakfast or a lunch.  I enjoyed it quite a bit – reminding me quite a bit of the now-gone Cochon’s brunch fave, Eggs Cochon.  And the side salad almost made it feel healthy – with the crunch of fresh vegetables and the sour of vinegar.  I paired it with an Australian dry Riesling that was quite nice – some good petrol zip and lightly tropical fruit (kind of like a lighter New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc).  Altogether, the course was rich, but with a certain amount of restraint, but not at all “delicate”.  Hell – it was just a piece of bread, some egg, some cheese, and some pork – so I’m just going to move on …


Two of our tablemates split this appetzier which was an assortment of smoked fish, all served open-face style.  And I know what you’re thinking: is everything an open-faced sandwich at Noord?  No – but when they’re this interesting, why not? 


My main was a massive piece of pork.  Sure, there were some veggies underneath, but the star was clearly the slab of meat – and what a wonderfully ?braised? slab it was.  The meat was fall-off-the-bone tender, but permeated with a nice stewed apple sauce.  It was like fall on a plate.  Big props to Noord for doing right by that hunk of pig.

There were other items, like a celery soup that g enjoyed, and the rabbit leg confit bw had … but let’s be honest – mine won.  My only regret was that I wasn’t more hungry.  It’s ok – I sense that I’ll be making me some braised pork omelettes later this week – yum!!

Now, as for dessert, I have to say that I wasn’t quite as impressed as Laban was.  We ventured the doughnuts, which were a little more dense than I enjoy (Talula’s Garden kills it when it comes to dooughnuts) as well as the apple pie thing.  bw, a masterful baker and general dessert enthusiast (although he did reveal to us his disdain for light-and-airy-cakes), did find that perhaps it was a caramel issue: he suspected that they could have “pushed” the caramel further, getting it to be a bit darker and deeper-flavored, and we all agreed – it was missing that last little bit of warmth that a darker caramel provides.

In all, we enjoyed the food at Noord.  I’m not sure it’s going to replace any of our go-to’s, and it’s probably not going to replace Serpico as our newest “eat-here-now” fave, but if they do undergo a menu change next season, you can bet that we’ll be there!  Their food was interesting and fun and worth getting to at least once!

Written by afterdinnersneeze

20 November 2013 at 10:28pm

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