Chez TJ

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Chef Joey Elenterio of Chez TJ - Mountain View, CA

938 Villa Street
Mountain View, CA 94041
(650) 964-7466
www.cheztj.com
Hours: Tue-Thu 5:30pm-9pm; Fri-Sat 5:30pm-9:30pm

Chez TJ has turned out some incredible chefs in the past, including 2009 Napa Sonoma Rising Star Chef Christopher Kostow and 2010 San Francisco Bay Area Rising Star Chef Scott Nishiyama. So it’s no surprise that we found the equally talented Chef Joey Elenterio helming the kitchen on our most recent visit. After working for a year as sous chef under Nishiyama, Elenterio took over as head chef in 2011, and enthusiastically lives up to the high bar set by those before him. We’re still dreaming about his completely innovative take on tartare—served with gingerbread cookies, black garlic ketchup, and shaved chestnuts—and his smoky, sturgeon-spotted leek panna cotta. In late 2012 Elenterio passed the torch to Chef Jarad Gallagher, alum of Saratoga's Plumed Horse, who is poised to carry on Chez TJ's tasty legacy.

Recommended Dishes:
  • Massami Ranch Rib-eye Steak Tartare, Gingerbread Cookies, Pickled Beets, Pickled Ginger, Strawberries, French Sorrel, Bull’s Blood, Chestnuts, and Black Garlic Ketchup
  • Caraway-Leek Panna Cotta, Sturgeon Caviar, Sturgeon Jerky, Watercress, Pumpkin Seeds, and Butternut Squash

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