Birthday get-together at Sur Real!

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The reservation tag that was put on the four counter tables reserved for Mark's guests

Celebrating life is probably one of the most exciting things to do in life; the birth of new life is a miracle and the celebrating of each additional year is an adventure; life is a hunt. Mark has been hunting for many year and today he is celebrating the beginning of yet another year of adventure. Mark is one of SAAC's co-organizers and quite an interesting guy . . . Mark turned a happy 31 and got chocolate cake allover his face from a friend. We celebrated at Sur Real Restaurant which features Brazilian, Spanish, Cuban, Puerto Rican and South American Cuisine. We made it to Sur Real through the Skyline access road, it is located at the cross roads of Campbell and Skyline next to La Encantada shopping complex.

Mark after blowing his candles, chocolate cake cream on his face, so cute, ha-ha!
It is Mark’s birthday party and all SAAC members are invited to celebrate with him at this South American Restaurant set on the hill over looking Tucson. The sun had set on Soleil, that foothills restaurant with the great view of the city: Sur Real ('Real South' in Spanish). Their menu is made up of Brazilian and Spanish dishes. Matt and I arrived a little after 7:00 pm to join the group that had started off at the designated time. Parking was full so we valet parked, I carried the bottle of South African wine we had brought Mark as a present and climbed up the stair to the second floor where the restaurant is located.

Mark had four bar tables reserved for the party and we were able to see our group right upon entering the restaurant.

Mark's 31st Happiest Birthday, lovely indeed!
The first thing to catch my eye was the fancy décor, the decor really is "Sur Real". I must confess I did not understand the theme or style they meant to have because it has a combination of modern Italian décor with an 80’s grand style, a classic high rollers setting (more like Casinos) and a New York style up market restaurant all in one, nonetheless I was amazed at how they got away with the décor, it is beautiful and inviting. I was charmed by the view through the grand windows, if they only had an outside patio to enjoy the view. The bar style is more Tequila and Hispanic and the restaurant qualifies for fine dinning with a trendy atmosphere. In attendance were mainly the SAAC members some of who included Matt, Joe, Mark, Christie, Boyd, John, Marie, Margo, Ben, Andy, Chris, Mimi, Mitchelle and her boyfriend, Karl, Jani, Rob, Joan, Linda, Carole, John, Karen, Melanie, to mention but a few.
The daiquiri sip with the birthday boy, yey!

They had a few things on special for a mere $5.00 which included a glass of selected South American wines, I ordered a glass of Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina (I got a generous pour in a big red wine glass) and Matt ordered a grand Margarita. Chips and bean dip are brought out to start, and they are so good! Salsa tastes like it was just made. I had a bowl of cabbage soup made with spice and pieces of what tasted like polish sausage (I did not ask) and it was the best soup I have had in Tucson in the more than 2 years I have been resident. The only down side was the waitress did not ask if I wanted bread or any side with my soup. I did not bother I was more excited to meet the friends I had not seen in a few months and to celebrate the birthday. All wines from South America were only $5.

Mimi and Mark
00 a glass yeeeha! A few other drinks were also on the $5.00 list, Margaritas, Flirtini, Martini, Vodka blend (not sure what the blend was). Mark was also given a huge glass bowl of darkaree. Sur Real will now be added to one of the few restaurants I recommend in Tucson as a favourite.

I can not write with much confidence on the menu since I did not have a full meal, but a few of my friends said the food was great. My Mexican friend who is a critic of foods from Latin America and Mexico did like what he ate, so I believe the food is agreeable. I was clearly impressed with the service and ambiance of the place, not sure if it was because this was a special reserved group they were catering for or if they are always this way, I shall say they did cater to us quite well, kudos to the service team. Good wine selection, great dry Malbec, a generous pour, double what you'd get elsewhere. I recommend this place and will definitely go back again. Below is the event in pictures, happy viewing!

Africancrab says:
Ha-ha!
Posted on: Mar 03, 2010
TravellingAuntie says:
great idea to write about happy hours! i don't know that TB has enough storage space for mine though!
Posted on: Mar 03, 2010
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The reservation tag that was put o…
The reservation tag that was put …
Mark after blowing his candles, ch…
Mark after blowing his candles, c…
Marks 31st Happiest Birthday, lov…
Mark's 31st Happiest Birthday, lo…
The daiquiri sip with the birthday…
The daiquiri sip with the birthda…
Mimi and Mark
Mimi and Mark
Sheila, Harriet and . . .
Sheila, Harriet and . . .
Mitchelle and her new boyfriend, f…
Mitchelle and her new boyfriend, …
Downing what is left of the daiqui…
Downing what is left of the daiqu…
Sue (Sue_In_Tucson) and Matt (Siua…
Sue (Sue_In_Tucson) and Matt (Siu…
Karl and Sue (Sue_in_Tucson)
Karl and Sue (Sue_in_Tucson)
Karen and Harriet
Karen and Harriet
Mark (the birthday boy) with his d…
Mark (the birthday boy) with his …
Stephen and Sue
Stephen and Sue
Harriet and Vicki
Harriet and Vicki
Sue, Vicki and Harriet
Sue, Vicki and Harriet
Sue, Harriet and Vicki
Sue, Harriet and Vicki
Boyd (SAAC group leader) and his g…
Boyd (SAAC group leader) and his …
Melanie and Andy
Melanie and Andy
Melanie and Andy
Melanie and Andy
Karen and Tom
Karen and Tom
Karen and Tom
Karen and Tom
Karen, Harriet and Tom
Karen, Harriet and Tom
Karen, Tom and Harriet
Karen, Tom and Harriet
Melanie, Harriet and Karen
Melanie, Harriet and Karen
Melanie, Ben and Harriet
Melanie, Ben and Harriet
. . . Rob and Michelle
. . . Rob and Michelle
Michelle and her boyfriend
Michelle and her boyfriend
Margo and Marie
Margo and Marie
Harriet (Africancrab) and Marie
Harriet (Africancrab) and Marie
Saac members at the party
Saac members at the party
Sue
Sue
Mark
Mark
Another cake (cheese)
Another cake (cheese)
Another cake (chocolate cream)
Another cake (chocolate cream)
Getting chocolate all over his fac…
Getting chocolate all over his fa…
John and Karen
John and Karen
Patrick, Karen and Christie
Patrick, Karen and Christie
Boyd, Patrick, Karen and Christie
Boyd, Patrick, Karen and Christie
Tom and Andy
Tom and Andy
Marie, Margo and Strom
Marie, Margo and Strom
Marie, Margo and her boyfriend Str…
Marie, Margo and her boyfriend St…
Marie, Margo and Harriet
Marie, Margo and Harriet
Mitchell and her boyfriend
Mitchell and her boyfriend
Tom, Melanie and Mark
Tom, Melanie and Mark
Harriet and Sue
Harriet and Sue
Harriet and Sue
Harriet and Sue
Bar/Service counter, very chic
Bar/Service counter, very chic
The bar: tequilla and spanish style
The bar: tequilla and spanish style
The bar, quite trendy
The bar, quite trendy
Sitting ares across from the main …
Sitting ares across from the main…
Counter bar/service area
Counter bar/service area
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