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Chez TJ - a great value


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Chez TJ - a great value

KathyM | | Aug 1, 2007 10:33 AM

I had a major craving for foie gras last night so a friend and I dropped in to see if they would take us without reservation. The restaurant was not full so we were led to a table. The menu offers 2 variations: four course for $80 pp or the chef's tasting menu for $110 which includes 12 courses. Although I really wanted to try the "Composition of Suckling Pig" which is not part of the chef's tasting menu, gluttony won out. We both went for the chef's tasting menu. All I can say is that I much prefer eating here than Manresa and I think it's a complete bargain considering all the quality ingredients and labor that went into making those dishes. Highlights were the scallops 3-way, the sardine and the foie gras of course. The chef probably has a love affair with truffle because he was quite liberal with it which is fine with me since I love truffle too. The only 2 dishes that I wasn't really into were the butter poached lobster which was executed quite nicely but was a little more salty than I would have liked. Also the beef tenderloin was ok but the promised corn gnocchi that came with it was not particularly corny and the other ingredients did not really jumped out. Service was competent and all the dishes were paced nicely. Service was shared by 3 servers. One of them seemed slightly grumpy but the other 2 women made up for him.

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