.Mid-Week Menu: Saul’s Has an Israeli Chef, Addie’s Closes, and New Restaurants Prepare to Launch

Welcome to the Mid-Week Menu, our weekly roundup of East Bay food news.

1) For the past eight months, Saul’s Deli has had a new chef de cuisine, 31-year-old Elisheva Isaac, who has the distinction of being the first Israeli chef in the Berkeley institution’s 25-year history, according to J Weekly, which ran a nice profile of Isaac last week. While Saul’s has always prided itself on serving Sephardic dishes (with seasonal vegetables and interesting grains and legumes) — not just big beef sandwiches — for the past few months Isaac has added her own personal stamp to the restaurant’s specials menu: chicken roasted with zaatar and honey dates, Moroccan baked fish served over Israeli couscous, the Yemeni pancakes known as malawach, homemade labneh, and more. J Weekly notes that Isaac keeps kosher in Saul’s non-kosher kitchen, which means even though she tastes all the dishes she prepares, she doesn’t always swallow. Hat tip to Inside Scoop for first bringing the story to our attention.

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