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Chez TJ
Modern French Restaurant$$$$
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938 Villa St Mountain View, CA 94041
938 Villa StUSCAMountain View94041
$$$$Modern French Restaurant, French RestaurantToday Closed
Monday ClosedTuesday 5:30 – 9:30 pmWednesday 5:30 – 9:30 pmThursday 5:30 – 9:30 pmFriday 5:30 – 9:30 pmSaturday 5:30 – 9:30 pmSunday Closed
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Inspired by French cooking, the set meals here take place in a Victorian house & often last hours.- Google
People talk about tasting menu, michelin star, chef's tasting, new chef and menu gastronomique
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Darren Story
reviewed 3 weeks ago
Awesome! Superb service. Amazing food. Wonderful wine pairings. Excellent experience!
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Julie Parent
reviewed a year ago
Top meal of the year for me. The food looked downright amazing. The serving dishes were varied and cute, and every dish had impressive garnishes. Each dish seemed deliberately crafted, with every element well thought out, yet not forced nor strained, as can sometimes be the case with overly artistic plating. Every element was there for a reason, and paired with the other aspects of the dish perfectly, with complimentary and contrasting flavors, textures, and colors. The ingredients were clearly high quality, and were prepared with flawless execution on the cooking, highlighting incredible flavors, and showcasing creativity in every dish. Each dish was totally different and unexpected, yet there were common themes running throughout tying the entire meal together, such as smoke, tempura, and the use of pickling. Of the 14 dishes we had, I'd gladly eat any of them again, and the top 5 were truly homeruns. I've never had so many absolutely successful dishes in a given meal before! Full review:
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Ben Lindahl
reviewed a year ago
Been there twice, once for the full tasting and once for the other menu. Both times I was impressed. The meats were succulent and juicy and the small morsels they provided had plenty of taste (any more meat would have been overkill). Various foams and dehydrated olive oil were used very well to accentuate the delicateness, but there was nothing that felt like you were not eating everything. Everything was delicate, but everything had substance. Nothing was overwhelming, but we left feeling very, very full. Fantastic sommelier, if you're into that sorta thing. Servers were very personable and not at all pretentious; very willing to joke around.
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Scott Crandall
reviewed 9 months ago
Overpriced, under portioned and some of the snottiest service I have ever experienced. The prices in Paris itself were lower, the portions larger, and the wait staff were pleasant at the very least. A hint to the staff; stop acting like you came from Central Casting on a call for "snotty rude French people". For the chef, making cute little swirls in sauce over the food, to disguise both taste and size isn't a skill, it's a marketing ploy. Never going back, sure as hell not recommending it to others. Go to Emile's in San Jose on Second Street. Or Denny's. The first has superb food at reasonable prices, polite staff, and you can go next door to City Lights and see a play after dinner. Denny's has better ambiance than Chez TJ, and the food is no worse.
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Isabelle Hurbain-Palatin
reviewed a year ago
We had the tasting menu with wine pairings; it was completely amazing. Everything we had was delicious, the service was classy but not uptight, and the 3-hour dinner never really felt like we were there for 3 hours. Some pairings (both on the plate and wine-wise) could seem dangerously audacious a priori, but in the end it worked flawlessly (and deliciously). The print-out of the menu and wine list given at the end is a very nice touch. Amazing experience, very very much recommanded.
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David Adams
reviewed a year ago
Imagine just getting out of a mediocre culinary school, visiting a three star restaurant in Paris with amazingly creative and well crafted dishes, and opening a restaurant with the goal of emulating that food. What you would get would be highly creative, but poorly executed dishes. That's what I got at Chez TJ last year. My meal started off with a foie gras and peanut butter madeline cookie as the amuse bouche. Which, in simple terms, is a dog treat, a really gross dog treat. Sadly the meal wasn't significantly uphill from there. The majority of the dishes my wife and I got were far more creative than they were tasty. In fact, only two of the dozen or so things we ate we would ever want to eat again. Oh, and the service matched the food. It seemed that each of the four or five waiters who delivered the courses was well trained in mumbling the descriptions of the dishes. So half the time, we didn't even know what exactly we were getting. Also, we got the shorter tasting menu and our meal still took almost three hours. There was a period of almost 40 minutes between courses. Terrible. How on earth this place got a Michelin star is beyond me. The meal I had there wasn't just bad for a Michelin starred restaurant, it was objectively terrible. Does my review seem harsh? Maybe. I know that other people have gone to Chez TJ and not been fed dog treats, but with plenty of high-end restaurants in the bay area, I (and you) have no reason to give them a second chance.
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