Attentive service, fresh flowers and soft music surround guests at this intimate, Michelin Starred, restaurant in downtown Mountain View. Inside a ... More
Attentive service, fresh flowers and soft music surround guests at this intimate, Michelin Starred, restaurant in downtown Mountain View. Inside a lovely Victorian home, Executive Chef Jarad Gallagher creates a contemporary French cuisine that accentuates the vibrant, fresh flavors found naturally in high quality products. Chez TJ's leads guests through an exciting evening of culinary pleasure. Our prix fixe style encourages a relaxed and enjoyable evening of dining and conversation. Four dining rooms provide an intimate setting for a special dinner with family and friends. One Star Michelin 2012 Guide, Top Restaurants 2007 SF Examiner, Three and 1/2 Stars - San Francisco Magazine and San Jose Mercury News. Top Scores, Zagat & Gayot Dining Guides 2007.
I was up in the Bay Area last week for work and my wife's birthday happened to coincide with my trip, so, she joined me. We were looking for something fun for dinner. Somewhere we haven't been before. I've been known to frequent the Tied House and have often notice this tiny french restaurant next door in what appears to be a small victorian town house next door. This is a small french restaurant called Chez TJ. Being late planners, we didn't make reservations and simply walked up. The M'aitre D. told us there would be no problem seating us, but, we wanted to have a beer at the Tied House first. So, we reserved a table about 45 minutes later and went next door for a beer.
When we arrived for our reservation, we were told that it would be a few minutes for our table. The host was very appologetic and offered us champagne and appetizers as we waited in their very tiny foyer. He then promptly brought out a small tray with deviled quail eggs topped with caviar, cheese filled puff pastry, and radishes that they grew in the backyard. It was good, but not as good as it might sound.
Shortly after, we were seated. The menu offered a gastronimic menu at $85, a chefs tasting menu at $110 and the tasting menu with wine at $165. We opted for the last.
As the various courses came out, I had mixed responses. Some were creative, some sounded creative, and some just didn't work. The Fois Gras ravioli sounded good, but just didn't work. I liked the fois gras, but, I couldn't understand what the pasta was doing there. It didn't add anything to the dish. The green garlic soup with fava beans that followed was outstanding. A tasty, bright green, garlic flavored soup poured over an island of fava beans. Sounds weird, but was very good.
The pidgeon was simple and well prepared. If you like squab (which I do) you won't be dissapointed.
There was also a fish course, which wasn't very interesting, and a dish that consited of scallops, bone marrow, and sea urchin. This one, I just didn't get. I like scallops, I love sea urchin (at least the sushi variety), and bone marrow is key in a good osso bucco, but, the marriage of these three things was a stretch. There were other courses, but, nothing really left a lasting impression.
Here's my big issue with Chez TJ. It was a quaint, charming restaurant in what feels like someone's living room and the servers were really trying hard, but... they just didn't get it. Timing was a mess. The wine parings were too frequent and too fast, and most important of all, not creative. Unless you really pound down wine in a hurry, you'd have 6 half drunk glasses of wine on the table by the time the final course came. As I said, they try hard and were attentive, but, just didn't get it. You can't really blame the servers for that, it's a management issue.
Overall, if you're looking for french food and don't mind forking out $165 a head for it, check out Chez TJ. If a good steak and a handcrafted ale are more your style, go next door to the Tied House.
I've been to many French Fine dining in bay area, but this one is out of the world. First, the ingrediant the chef chooses is daring. I had a frog leg ravioli as 2nd course. The presentation of the dish was creative. The dish was presented as the frog in a swamp. The taste is astonishing. Second, less is more. For a woman, the 4-courses is just the right amount. I can never finish my dish in other French fine dinings. This is the only place that I can finish the dishes in my plate without feeling too much. Third, each dish is presented as a piece of elegant art. When I enjoyed each dish, I can certainly feel the creative and playful mind of the Chef in each dish. Eating here reminds me of what silicon valley always symbolized: innovation, creativity, never too much for new inventions.
We went to the resturant for a birthday celebration. The service is world class. When I made reservation, the person on the phone asked if there is any special occasion. I casually mentioned it's for a birthday. When we finish our last course, the server brought in a little birthday cake with candle. I felt the restaurant tries to connect with its client. This is certainly very thoughtful and warm. Many of other fine dinings around bay area lacks this kind of personal touch.
Here is what I ordered:
A COMPOSITION OF ASPARAGUS, EGG AND SMOKE (comment: refreshing!)
RAVIOLI OF FROGS LEGS (comment: creative and tasty)
BRAISED NIMAN RANCH PORK CHEEKS (comment: texture of the cheek paring with soft apple and fresh green, genious)
WARM CHOCOLATE SOUP (comment: this is ok)
Here is what my guest ordered:
BABY OCTOPUS (comment: I didn't try)
LOCAL ROCK COD AND BUTTER POACHED SQUID (comment: I didn't try)
DECLINAISON OF DUCK (comment: I didn't try)
TRIPTYCH OF TANGERINE (comment: out of the world! The combination is great)
Both my guest and I will certainly come back here again.
Everything from the food to the service to the ambiance, there is no doubt about its quality. We had a four course menu with wine paired, the food was delicious and I truly think that is an elegant work of art. I do agree it is a little bit pricy but it is worth of it.
Amateur cooking justifying neither the pretense nor the price, laughably poor. Abrupt incomprehensible service with such glaring gaffes as either being absent altogether or serving the chef's amuse gueule by just tossing it on top of the askew wine menu before taking the wine order: a dried-out cream puff shell injected with a strange fishy substance. Stale dried bread, dried-out duck, poorly blended unappetizing sauces. Unfortunately, with the departure of supposed wunderkind chef Joshua Skenes, a total reorganization of the kitchen and concept is necessary. You can't charge exorbitant prices for
this food. I had to spend the entire evening apologizing to my guest on what was supposed to have been a scintillating celebratory experience. Disgraceful.
my boyfriend and i dined here before a show and completely enjoyed everything from the food to the service to the ambiance. we had a four course menu and left perfectly content and ready to walk down to the theater. a very special and romantic evening!
First of all, the service is near perfect. The food is not bad either :)
Not knowing there were other alternatives (we were only given a single menu choice), we went for 'Menu Gastronomique' which looked very very good (You pick one course from each section). This is the type of menu/restaurant where you will be given a tiny ice cream or frozen fruit cup to take the palate of previous course off before the next meal is served.
Obviously, you shouldn't expect large plates, but at the end you will be completely satisfied, if not full or tipsy :).
Expect to pay $250+ for two including wine and champagne.
over-priced, mediocre food, miniscule portions.
Thank goodness the bread was good beacause otherwise we would have been very hungry.
They used to have three menus that varried in the number of courses and were priced accordingly. This past visit, there was just one type of menu with only three coursed, however the pricing $75/pp prix fixe. Nothing was bad, but then conversely, nothing was good., with the exception of the bread.
My wife and I went there for our Anniversary. This is the second time we've been there, and it's absoloutely AMAZING! The food is an elegant work of art, and the chef is a master! For a little starter, they served diced water melon with a 25 year old Balsamic Vinegar, and it was delicious. We had the seared Tuna, which was cooked to perfection / warm red center not a cold red center. And the Pig Belly (I had to try it) was out of this world!!!! I was a little nervous to try this, but it was superb! And they helped us select a wine that fit our budget and our taste very well. The service was impecable. Get ready for a hefty check, but you really get what you pay for. It was worth it. I can't afford to go there all the time, but I can't wait to go back! Bon Appetite! :)
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