Going Dutch usually means splitting the bill. At new Andersonville restaurant Vincent, it means gezelligheid (“general togetherness” in Dutch, dummy).
Chef/owner Joncarl Lachman infuses the same coziness into Vincent as he does in HB Home Bistro — only this time his menu has a heavy Dutch accent.
The bad news: You haven’t truly butchered a language until you order at Vincent. The good news: Tasty food needs no translation.
Start with a shot of maatjesharing (pickled herring, Young Genever gin) chased with duck confit-studded onion soup. Lachman stuffs the lamb burger with roasted garlic and mint butter and tops it with fontina and aioli. Throw in a Zaansemosterdsoep (mustard soup with crab and cheese) for good measure. Lighter fare includes fresh, seasonal plates like heirloom tomato salad and whole grilled fish served on a banana leaf.
We suggest sharing a few orders of moules frites with a friend (there are five preparations). Either way, you’re going Dutch.
Vincent, 1475 West Balmoral Avenue, at Glenwood Avenue (773-334-7168 or vincentchicago.com).
Photo: Nokton / Flickr
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