KUA: Modern Mexican
KUA: Modern Mexican
June-August at Travail Mpls
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 sparkling fresh ceviche, smoked swordfish, chile rellenos, Konro-grilled meats, a prickly pear mezzo, lamb tacos, a tamale cart, house-made horchata ice cream, cocoa chili and more.
“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
New Patio Seating
Speaking of summer… we’ll be offering a new way to 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 7:30 seating times.
Pricing for each day and seating time for the KUA tasting menu is below. Prices are before tax and a service fee, which includes gratuity and a 3% health and wellness fee.
August Ticketed Reservations
PLEASE NOTE seating times for August will be different:
5:30, 6:00, 7:45, and 8:15.
$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.
Kua Tasting Menu Preview
Ceviche: smoked swordfish/ black aguachile/ puffed rice wrapper/ shiso/ pecan
Quesadilla de Chicharron: achote (red masa)/ pressed pork shoulder/ salsa verde/ pickled white onion
Hilario Shrimp Cocktail: poached shrimp/ Hilario cocktail sauce/ cilantro/ radish
Gaucamole Cart: guacamole/ pickled vegetables/ pico de gallo/ salsas
Chile Relleño: stuffed poblano/ huitlacoche/ queso / bean & caldillo sauce
Mezzo: passion fruit fluff with tajine
Green Mole: cauliflower/ green bean/ asparagus/ norales (cactus)/ citrus
Cod Augachile: black cod/ hoja santa/ aguachile
Elote: baby corn/ mayo/ smoked paprika/ cotija cheese/ lime
Mezzo: prickly pear
Pozole: hominy/ radish/ jalapeno/ pork/ cabbage/ charred onion/ oregano
Grilled Beef: flank steak/ raw onion/ cilantro/ lime
Lamb: mole/ sesame/ green onion/ pineapple
Tamales: Chichen Tinga, Jalapeño & Oaxca
Churro Horchata Ice Cream / chocolate
Chile/ Tres Leches Cake/ Chocolate Mousse
Take Home: fresh mango
A La Carte at the Bar
BurgerTorta : oaxaca cheese / romaine / heirloom tomato / lemon kewpie mayo / beans / cotija / mole
Taco Fries : taco seasoning / ranchera (seasoned sour cream)
Mix and Match:
chips / chicharron / garlic cracklins / salsas / queso / beans / guac
Fried Quesadilla: corn tortilla / carnitas (pork) / oaxaca cheese / queso dip / chimichurri sauce
Burrito: beans / flank / guac / fries / charred onion
Wet Burrito: fefried beans / cheese /enchilada sauce / queso
Caesar: romaine / soft boiled egg / cotija / crouton / oregano fines herbs
Chapulines (seasoned crickets): garlic / chilis / lime / ranchera
Taco on House-Made Tortilla:
Pastor: pineapple / onion / cilantro
Mushroom: mole / huitlacoche / cilantro / beans
Dessert: Horchata Ice Cream & Churro y Chocolate
“Gabby’s Got This” Benefit Party
Sunday, July 21st from 4-8pm
At Travail Mpls Residency (1930 Hennepin Ave S)
Party with the Twin Cities’ top chefs in support of our family and friends with a night of food, drink, music, a silent auction, and KICKING CANCER’S ASS. We’re throwing a benefit party in support of Matt and Heidi Brown’s family whose daughter Gabby was diagnosed with AML Leukemia at 1 year old. Some of you may know Matt from the early days of Pig or at his current restaurant, Estelle’s Eatery and Bar over in Harmony, Minnesota (check Estelle’s Facebook page for your daily dose of Gabby!) Matt is also a brother to Travail’s Mike and Dave Brown, so this event is very near and dear to our hearts. Their family has been fighting the good fight for over 8 months, and we’re thankful for our community’s support and the ability to be a part of the healing process.
In true Travail party fashion, your feast will be served at interactive food stations throughout the space. Our restaurant family has banded together to bring you a star-studded chef lineup featuring...
Tim Mckee of Octo Fish Bar
Gavin Kaysen of Spoon and Stable
Ann Kim of Young Joni
Stephen Hess and Tyge Nelson of Pajarito
Thomas Boemer and Nick Rancone of Revival
Tommy Begnaud of Butcher and the Boar
+ Mike, James, Bob and Travail Team
Tickets are $125 per person and include all your food and drinks for the night. Silent auction items will also be available to bid on at the event. All proceeds go directly to the Brown Family.
Can’t attend? You can also show your support on Gabby’s GoFundMe page.
A Musical Feast with the Minnesota Orchestra
Friday, July 26th at 8pm
At the Minnesota Orchestra
Award-winning local chefs meet musical masterminds in a one-of-a-kind event.
Jose Alarcon (Centro, Popol Vuh), Jamie Malone (Grand Cafe), Jack Riebel (The Lexington) and Mike Brown, Bob Gerken, and James Winberg (Travail Kitchen and Amusements) create amazing dishes on stage while the Minnesota Orchestra performs live under the direction of Sarah Hicks.
Get $25 tickets (originally $55!) with promo code BEST CHEFS