Last night three friends and I had dinner at Digs Bistro, in southwest Berkeley. I haven't seen a lot of posts on the board about it, so I thought I should write it up. Overall, we had a lovely time.
We elected not to order wine with our meal, which I think was hard on the waiter. DH did order a liter of Pellegrino, but we were asked several times if we wanted wine. Besides Pellegrino there was only one non-alcoholic choice on the menu -- Vignette Chardonnay soda, which I've had before and don't particularly like.
We all ordered appetizers. One friend ordered the charcuterie platter. Unfortunately, I don't eat anything on it, so I didn't try it, but it looked great. There were about 8 different meats, and about half of them were house cured and/or smoked. The waiter did a great job explaining the sourcing and process for each of the items on the plate. It was served with crostini, apple raisin chutney, mustard, olives and pickles. Our friends enjoyed it, the highlight was the housemade bacon. Another friend ordered the piquillo peppers with crabmeat, which came with a salad. I didn't try it, but she liked it. Another ordered carrot soup, which was creamy and served in a large bowl. It really needed salt, and it was annoying that we needed to ask twice. I had the beet and blood orange salad with green and feta. It was exactly as described. The beets were tiny and just lovely. There were just a few supremes of blood orange, but the cheese was very tangy.
For mains, I ordered the vegetable pot pie, which was the only vegetarian main available. It was served in a large ramekin, with crispy puff pastry on top, and served with a small lightly dressed salad. I quite enjoyed it; it was classic creamy comfort food, but I felt like it was missing a little spark I could't put my finger on. DH had the butternut squash flatbread appetizer -- he didn't want potpie, and the only fish on the menu was a shellfish cioppiono which he doesn't eat. The flavor of the sage was very pronounced, but it was very good. Friends had the hangar steak with mushrooms and the roast chicken with brussel sprouts panzanella. Both enjoyed them a great deal. The panzanella came without breadcrumbs for some reason, but she didn't realize until she was almost done, and she'd really enjoyed it, so it seemed pointless to mention it.
Each of our friends ordered a dessert wine. DH and I had decaf coffee and tea. Friends ordered a sundae with Twin Girls vanilla ice cream and a praline sauce/topping that was really good. DH ordered the blood orange curd trifle, which was flavorful, but overly creamy for him and (to me) surprisingly small. I ordered a chocolate peanut torte with strawberries. It was served with a cinnamon creme anglais. I was surprised by its appearance, it was a (gigantic) slice of flourless chocolate cake with the peanuts ground into it. With hindsight that made perfect sense, but I was expecting something creamier.
We had a lovely time. We were seated in the side room which was quiet and cozy. Total was $150 before tip. We would definitely return to this neighborhood joint, especially as the menu changes weekly.