A friend had time for a quick dinner in North Berkeley, and recommended Saul's. I hadn't been there in years, and I was up for giving it a try, especially since Thurs. is Farmer's Market day, and that always is fun to explore.
I was delighted to see the new (to me) menu, and one that embraces Sephardic influence. Tho anathema to the concept of the East Coast Jewish Deli, I found it delightful experience. I only had one dish, and thought it was terrific: Kasha with noodles, covered with sauteed cauliflower and carrots, with a hint of harissa and preserved lemon. It was yummy. And the Acme rye is a really good bread.
I look forward to visiting Saul's and enjoying the new chef. I'm told she's Israeli, and clearly is enjoying the creativity of good ingredients + Sephardic flavors + the freedom to be imaginative.
ps- a plate of pickles are once again offered at no charge to each table. And they still have things like chopped chicken liver, but it's served with a layer of carmelized onions. Service was pleasant and attentive.