KUA: Modern Mexican
Through mid-september at Travail Mpls residency
Travail heads south of the border for its third and final concept at the Minneapolis Residency. Introducing KUA, a Mexican-inspired tasting menu in collaboration with our friend, the talented chef Gustavo Romero, a native of Mexico City. Inspired by favorite mercados and restaurants in Roma, Polanco and other hot colonias (neighborhoods) in this historic and cosmopolitan city, this incredible tasting menu melds ancient Aztec ingredients with contemporary Mexican culinary techniques to create a truly memorable evening.
Kua, the Aztec word for “devour,” is an apt moniker for this modern Mexican feast, which includes courses such as swordfish ceviche, chile rellenos, Konro-grilled meats, prickly pear mezzo, al pastor tacos, tamales, house-made horchata, cocoa chili and more. (Keep in mind our menu changes often with product availability and the chefs’ latest inspiration.)
“Mexican food is so much more than tacos and quesadillas.
With Kua, we’re honored to be able to show you what Mexican food really is!”
- Chef Gustavo Romero
Gaining Inspiration in Mexico City
Chefs Mike, Ben, and Gustavo visited Mexico City to learn all about the flavors and techniques of true Mexican cuisine. Follow their journey and preview what type of flavors are coming your way on the KUA tasting menu.
Videos by Travis Anderson
Photos by Courtney Perry
Our menus change often depending on product availability and the chef’s latest inspiration. Below are samples of menus to give you an idea of what kinds of dishes might be served when you join us for dinner.
KUA Tasting Menu
Ticketed reservations are required for the tasting menu.
Watermelon — Lime / Chamoy / Agave / Sesame
Ceviche — Smoked Swordfish / Black Aguachile / Soy / Balsamic /Puffed Rice Wrapper / Red Onion / Jalapeño / Basil / Pecan
Chicharron — Pork Quesadilla / Achiote / Verde / Adobo / Pickled Onion
House Made Chicharron Pig Skin
Chard Roll — Poblano / Potato / Mushroom / Corn / Huitlacoche / Tomato Sauce / Pinto Bean Sauce / Oaxaca Cheese / Flour Tortilla / Escabeche
Mezzo — Prickly Pear Slushy / Petite Watercress
Green Mole & Monkfish — Aguachile / Cauliflower / Green Bean / Asparagus / Nopales / Cippolini Onion / Pepitas / Cilantro Blossom
Corn — Garlic Aioli / Lime / Chili Powder / Cotija / Crispy Corn & Potato
Mezzo — Mango Soda / Red Bell Pepper Ice /
Vanilla Coconut Foam
Pozole Broth — Fried Corn Nuts
Tacos on House Made Corn Tortillas:
- Pork Al Pastor / Grilled Pineapple
- Beef Barbacoa / Pasilla / Nopales / Onion / Radish / Cilantro / Guacamole
Tamale Steam Cart:
- Corn Husk - Chicken Tinga
- Banana Leaf - Poblano & Oaxaca
Passionfruit Curd Cup
Horchata / Fried Churro / Chocolate Sauce
Chili Stuffed with Chocolate Cake / Chocolate Mousse / Dehydrated Cake
Take Home — Pork Fat Cactus Cookie
A la Carta at the Bar
Our bar is first come, first served seating. No reservations necessary.
Tlacoyos de Lengua
garbanzo corn cake / lengua / salsa verde / cotija / cumin crema
Taco on House-Made Tortilla
- Pastor: pineapple / onion / cilantro Mushroom: mole / huitlacoche / cilantro / beans
- Lengua: onion / cilantro
Mix and Match
chips / garlic cracklins / pork chicharrones / 3 salsas / queso / beans / guac
romaine / soft boiled egg / cotija / crouton / oregano fines herbs
taco seasoning / ranchera (seasoned sour cream)
corn tortilla / carnitas (pork) / queso oaxaca / queso dip / chimichurri sauce
beans / flank / guac / fries / charred onion
refried beans / cheese /enchilada sauce / queso
choice of: pastor, tinga, mushroom, or flank
comes with, beans / queso oaxaca / cabbage slaw / guacamole
Churro y Chocolate
Tasting Menu Ticketed Reservations
Seating Times and Options
We host four seatings per night running Wednesday-Saturday at 5:30, 6:00, 7:45, and 8:15.
During KUA you may enjoy dinner with the Travail crew in a sunny setting on our patio. In the ticketed reservation process you will be able to choose between Dining Room and Patio seating. If we have inclement weather, we will move all our Patio ticket holders inside. Please choose your seating carefully as these section-specific tickets are not interchangeable. Patio seating will only be available at the 5:30 and 7:45 seating times.
*Prices are before tax and a service fee, which includes gratuity and a 3% health and wellness fee.
$55 (plus tax and service fees)
A curated Mexican-inspired menu of craft cocktails, beer, wine and house-made fresh juices and sodas.
$20 (plus tax and service fees)
For adventurous diners, we’re offering a special Mexican-style buffet of the highest quality dried chapulines, gusano, and chicatanas to accompany your dinner. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience this favorite Mexican snack! *Please note if you have a shellfish allergy we advise you to skip this upgrade.