I went to Cafe Ah Pwah last night for my mother's birthday. I've been intrigued by the place ever since I started reading the reviews about a year ago.
We had a lovely dinner. They appeared to be short-handed last night, but the staff that were there were attentive and helpful. The place is casual, but the decor has a minimalist elegance. I'm guessing there are about 12 to 15 tables in the place.
We started off with a nice crab cake with Creole vegetables. The crab flavor was distinct (I hate it when the filling or sauce is the overwhelming flavor).
I had the game hen, which was flavored with garlic and herbs de provence. The chicken was incredibly moist and juicy, and the garlic and herbs went with it perfectly. It came with whipped potatoes with just the right amount of butter.
My mother had scallops (I wish I'd taken a copy of the menu home with me so I could report all of the details of the preparation; all I remember is that saffron was one of the ingredients). I had a little taste of the scallops, which were very good as well.
My dad had the pork tenderloin with maple and peppercorns, with a side of mashed sweet potatoes. I didn't try the tenderloin, but he pretty much inhaled it, so I assume it was good as well.
For dessert my mother got the vanilla creme brulee, which I understand is their signature dessert. I got a little taste of that as well, and it was pretty amazing, extremely rich but also light on the tongue.
My dad got a trio of homemade ice cream (chocolate, coffee, and banana), which he said were excellent.
I got a lavendar buttermilk cake with banana ice cream. Outstanding. The best dessert I've had in a restaurant in a long time.
I'll definitely be back. I hope this place does well, because it's nice to have a really good place to eat in the East Valley.