Wow! I just had lunch at Sur Real, a Tucson restaurant, and I am impressed.
Sur Real reigns in the former Soleil location but has had a total surreal makeover of bright but not garish hot Latin colors.
Red prevails on comfortable chairs, in the gaily hued carpet design (along with black, green and blue) which is also the pattern of some table tops in the bar, red cable lights (as well as green) and a red sparkly counter top (think red glittery nail polish). The color and texture scheme literally breathes energy into the space. And in the evening, there’s that great view of dazzling city lights.
The owners of Sur Real also claim the Sam Hughes Place championship dining and Schlomo & Vito’s which is practically across the street on Skyline and Campbell.
I didn’t pick up a menu but from recall, we savored the most delicious crispy calamari appetizer ($11) in Tucson. The calamari was neither greasy nor overly fried. Bits of peppers and onions nestled in the mix along with a light honey lime chile sauce. My friend BK had been to Sur Real before and ordered the same dish and she wanted it again. It did not disappoint.
We also shared a bowl of shrimp and lobster ceviche ($15) which came with fried plantain strips and bits of avocado, cucumber, and red onion. Another appetizer, the grilled chicken strips ($10) was presented to resemble some kind of citrus UFO accompanied by an intense orange sauce.
Complimentary chips, salsa, and an addictive black bean sauce was brought to the table initially in lieu of bread.
As with ladies who lunch, we perused the dessert menu because the waiter twisted our arms to order the tres leches cake ($10). BK had eaten this plate of OMG-succulence on her previous visit and said it was the best tres leches cake she ever tasted. I could not resist. Geez! She was right.
They brought packaged mini taco fortune cookies with the check. Oddly enough, my cookie had no fortune. I wonder what that means?
It was a very positive experience on many levels. I will go back – hopefully soon. They have a happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. on weekdays with $5 tapas and all kinds of drink specials. That sounds like dinner to me.
Sur Real is located at 3001 E. Skyline Drive, suite 133, 529-2644.
Sur Real doesn’t have a website or I would link there. If they read this and want one, let me know.