Reviews & Recognition
San Jose Mercury News
"At Chez TJ, the Food and Service are Truly Extraordinary" March 21, 2010
"The chef coaxes such extraordinary flavor out of familiar ingredients - lime, tarragon, curry powder, beets - I felt as if I were experiencing them for the first time. Scott Nishiyama is a brilliant chef, and he's only just begun to shine."
Best Fine Dining Restaurant in Mountain View Voice "Best Of" Awards 2009
"When it comes to elegance and quality, no one can beat the Michelin-rated Chez TJ, an intimate French restaurant located in a gorgeous Victorian home near downtown. The small highly-trained staff is attentive to every customer's needs and works hard to ensure that your dining experience is flawless, your culinary experience unforgettable. Make your reservations online on OpenTable, and consider reserving one of the four dining rooms for a private party or business meeting."
Best French Restaurant in The Wave Magazine's 2009 Readers' Choice Awards
From the 2009 Readers' Choice edition of The Wave Magazine: "Why They Won: Chef Bruno Chemel, his crew and the spectacular menu they've created has garnered Chez TJ a Michelin star rating. The Chef's Tasting Menus are nothing short of French cuisine perfection, with previous lineups that include Toro-Hamachi Sashimi, a Foie Gras Duo, Slow-Poached Organic Egg, Branzini Bass Farci and Mishima Ranch Beef Filet."
2009 Michelin Guide First Year Rating of One Star!
In his first year of appearing in the Michelin Guide, Chef Bruno Chemel and his talented and hardworking staff earned the maximum possible rating of One Star!
San Francisco Chronicle May 28, 2008
"Chemel and his new crew are creating food that should continue to keep Chez TJ on the culinary map."
Mercury News May 25, 2008
"At Chez TJ, dinner is a meticulously orchestrated culinary ballet from beginning to end."
Metro Newspaper May 7, 2008
"Seeing Stars: New Chez TJ chef Bruno Chemel has high ambitions, exciting menu."
Chez TJ Earns Spot on SF Examiner's 'Best Restaurants of 2007'
2008 MICHELIN GUIDE
Chez TJ Earns Two Stars
San Francisco Magazine, September 2007
WAVE Magazine Reader's Poll
Top 100 Restaurants, October 2007
SF Examiner, August 8, 2007
"Classy, Classic Dining Lives at Chez TJ"
One Star, Michelin Restaurant Guide 2007
"Chez TJ cossets diners in a series of intimate rooms inside a Victorian-era house off the main street in downtown Mountain View. Christorpher Kostow's talented and playful touch updates French classics. The well-informed waitstaff describe each dish in detail. The place is a local institution and a favorite for birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions."
Best Special Occasion Restaurant
Mountain View Voice, 1996-2007
ZAGAT SURVEY San Francisco 2007
"For a special occasion treat, this intimate multiroomed New French in a beautiful restored 1890 Victorian has long been the go-to place in Mountain View; it's been known for pampering service and pris fixe dinners, and admirers assert the young chefs enlightened tasters' menus with matching wines have brought the establishment to new heights."
Scores: Food 25/Decor 24/Service 25
This gorgeous restaurant, housed in an 1894 Victorian, is perfect for a wedding anniversary or other special occasion.
Rating: Very Good 15/20
Metro Newspaper, April 19, 2006
Because I was dining with two friends and we all ordered different things, I got to try just about everything on the menu. Plate for plate, it was one of the best meals I've had in months. Here's my highlight reel: From the round of starters, my favorite was the "composition of asparagus, egg and smoke." Asparagus is popping up on spring menus all over, but you aren't likely to encounter one like this. Served on a long rectangular plate, the dish pairs a smoked egg yolk, tender asparagus spears draped in a thick mouseline sauce and a tiny, oval ramekin filled with bright green asparagus panna cotta topped with smoked sturgeon and osetra caviar. The combination of the creamy, grassy panna cotta with the salty, smoky flavors of the caviar and sturgeon is genius.
I left the restauarant as if awakening from a sweet dream I didn't want to end, trying to recall details and flavors before they faded from memory.
"Chez TJ is the ultimate destination for special occasions; it isn't uncommon to see someone whip out an engagement ring and pop the question at the next table. But you don't need an anniversary or birthday to dine in this fully restored 19th-century mansion-turned-restaurant. TJ's $75 and $115 prix fixe menus cover a wide range of culinary tastes, temperatures and textures from contemporary French cuisine."
Mountain View Voice and Palo Alto Weekly, November 2002
"Mountain View has become a haven for good dining, with Chez TJ its shining star. As culinary fads come and go, Chez TJ has demonstrated the timelessness of truly excellent cuisine. A prix fixe menu acts like a script to guide diners through these sensory rhythms."
"This restored Victorian house is a popular destination for special occasions, especially romantic ones. The French food is showcased in prix-fixe dinners, including a seven-course menu gastronomique."
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