Hidden on a quiet street near downtown Mountain View lies a 2 star Michelin rated restaurant named Chez TJ. Most of the restaurants of this caliber seem to be in San Francisco (I’m new to the area and I’m still exploring) so a friend and I decided to sample the local establishment. The atmosphere is relaxed and quiet, and rather romantic in this old Victorian house. The service is prompt and friendly.
You can choose between the 4 course gastronomic menu or the 12 course tasting menu. I chose the tasting menu, to experience a larger range of offerings, and had a very pleasant evening as a result. The food was presented beautifully and the wine pairing with the food was excellent.
The meal started with more simple and subtle tastes and progressively got more adventurous. Some items that stood out for me were:
Glazed sweet potato soup with a vandouvan marshmallow - the soup was perfect velvety texture, and being complimented by a marshmallow was quite surprise but very enjoyable.
Artisan fois gras and apple smoked custard - Fois gras is on of my favorites, but the the pairing with the apple flavouring was magnificent.
Lobster and sweetbread ravioli - Cooked perfectly and flavored with truffles which made the dish absolutely exquisite.
The staff mentioned they change one dish fairly often, so there can always be something new to try.
Chez TJ is great for a quiet dinner of exceptional food and wine, and if you aren’t to concerned with the upper limit of your bill.