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

Shopping in a Mexico City marketplace

Chefs Mike and Ben’s connection to the food

Tasting the flavors of Mexico City


Photos by Courtney Perry

Menu Previews

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 Fries
taco seasoning / ranchera (seasoned sour cream)

Fried Quesadilla
corn tortilla / carnitas (pork) / queso oaxaca / queso dip / chimichurri sauce

beans / flank / guac / fries / charred onion

Wet Burrito
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.

5:30 6:00 7:45 8:15
Wednesday $65 $70 $70 $65
Thursday $70 $75 $75 $70
Friday $85 $85 $90 $90
Saturday $90 $90 $95 $95

*Prices are before tax and a service fee, which includes gratuity and a 3% health and wellness fee.

Ticket Supplements

$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.


Ticketed Reservations FAQ

For any questions about our ticketing system, what’s included, and what to expect at dinner, we’ve laid it all out for you on our FAQ page.