Birthdays are always fun to celebrate, so when SoCal, the southern Californian inspired restaurant & bar at Neutral Bay turned one recently, guests celebrated this first birthday in style at an exclusive birthday bash.

SoCal’s large outdoor terrace was the perfect place to be during the balmy summer evening, while enjoying one of their classic cocktails, a Margarita of Reposado Tequila, Cointreau, lime, a dash of sugar & a half salt rim. I also had to try the Garden Party made from blueberry infused Tanqueray gin, elderflower liqueur, spiced blueberry syrup, rhubarb bitters & basil. It was hard to decide which one I liked the best, but I had to give the Margarita my vote.

DSC05091Head Chef Zac Smart provided a selection of dishes especially for the event, which included lamb, ricotta & raisin empanada, grilled vegetable empanada, ceviche lettuce cups, sriracha chicken quesadillas, chicken & sopressada sliders, spiced eggplant tostadas, flank steak & chimichurri, southern fried chicken and slaw, and spiced vegetable cous cous.

If you can’t make it to California, sipping a Margarita at SoCal is the next best thing.

Sandra Tiltman   Photos:  John Pond


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