Mad Chef Gastropub - Ahwatukee
I understand this place opened March 1st. Anyone been there yet?
I haven't personally been, but I know two people that have - they said the tomato bisque was closer to a marinara sauce than a bisque, and the poutine didn't actually use cheese curds. They said a couple of other things, but at that point I think I'd begun shaking my head in disgust and started tuning out. They acknowledged it was within the first few days of opening...but that's not a real great start. Sorry I can't provide a first-hand take.
So I just moved down to ahwatukee and wanted to check out the local restaurants so I searched chowhound and came across this review. I read the article about the poutine and had to go check it out for myself. It's a nice warm place with a great beer selection and a small, but quality wine list, which eveyry bottle was priced at $25.00 which I thought was wierd. I had a chance to meet one of the owners so I asked him why they did that and his reply was he would rather lose a few bucks and showcase smaller, more boutique wines and have people try something new than just ordering by price. I also asked him why they did not do the traditional cheese curds on the poutine, and his reply was " We do not have anything labeled Poutine on the menu. We have steak fries with gravy and cheddar." " He further explained what they are doing cuisine wise and it made sense, they are taking traditional dishes and adding their own touch. So overall this is the best restaurant/bar in ahwatukee that I have seen so far. And yes they just opened last week and it's two young brothers who own it from what I have gathered.