TRAVELLE SERVES UP MEDITERRANEAN TACOS AND PUNCH BOWLS AT NEWLY LAUNCHED SISTER CONCEPT ‘ELLE ON THE RIVER’
Chicago’s Langham Hotel welcomes guests to a new casual, waterfront restaurant opening on Thursday, May 15
Sampling of Elle on the River’s Menu Items
(CHICAGO, IL; May 12, 2014)— Travelle at The Langham, Chicago announces the launch of their new outdoor sister concept, Elle on the River, on Thursday, May 15. The waterfront restaurant, located between the State and Wabash bridges, invites lunch and dinner guests to casually nosh on Mediterranean-style tacos and sip from flavored cocktail punch bowls while enjoying its spectacular city views.
Tacos and Treats
Chef Tim Graham puts a unique twist on Travelle’s traditional Mediterranean cuisine by crafting Elle’s menu around a house-made chickpea flatbread, which hosts a selection four specialty tacos. Taco fillings include: Piri Piri Chicken served with pepper aioli, mahon cheese, and pickles; Calabrian Mahi Mahi featuring lemon cream and quinoa slaw; Crispy Chickpeas with hummus and herb tabouli;and Chermoula Braised Pork Shoulder topped with radish tzatziki. The tacos are priced at three for $9, six for $16, and a dozen for $30. For diners looking to enjoy a lighter taco alternative, all fillings can be served on a bed of greens for $9.
Adding a blast of heat to the menu, Elle on the River features three levels of house made hot sauces that gently reference Mediterranean flavors. The levels include: Mild “Rookie,” a vibrant green sauce made with roasted tomatillo, jalapeno, garlic, onion, cilantro, coriander and a smidge of cardamom; Medium “Tabasco Lovers,” inspired by the town of Bezerta, a bright orange sauce made with cinnamon, harissa, onion and a whisper of rose-water; and Hot “Blazing,” inspired by Shatta, an Egyptian spicy condiment,a dark brown sauce comprised of garlic, jalapeno, thai chili, parsley, cilantro, black pepper, cumin and tomato.
Chef Graham pays nod to guests with a sweet tooth by offering a variety of Ellies, a combination of mousse, custard, and cake-based dessert served in a cylinder to-go container with a lid and mini-wooden spoon. Priced at $5 each, Ellies are available in several flavors including: German Chocolate Cake; Orange Creamsicle; and Strawberry Shortcake.
From white and red wines to bubbles and beer, the beverage menu, led by Beverage Manager Erik Boyd, features a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic options. However, guests are encouraged to take note of the menu’s stars – flavored cocktail punch bowls and house made sodas.
Perfect for sipping on a warm summer afternoon or evening, Elle’s punch bowls are mixed and served tableside in a gallon dispenser, allowing guests to serve themselves from the spigot. The boozy punches are offered in a variety of flavors including: Down by the River with Bacardi Oakheart, raspberry, cherry and banana; Elle a Noir with Grey Goose, cherry noir, strawberry, basil and peach; and Better Than a Bradford made with Tanqueray, watermelon, lemon and basil. Punch bowls are $10 for a single (serves one), $75 for small (serves 3-4); and $150 for large (serves 6 or more). For those looking to add a bit of sparkle to their cocktail, Prosecco can be added to any flavored punch bowl.
For guests who prefer one flavor at a time, Elle on the River offers three separate non-alcoholic house made craft sodas in Blueberry, Watermelon, and Raspberry. For a boozy alternative, a spirit of choice can be added for $8.
From the Inside, Out
Elle on the River is thoughtfully designed by London-based Richmond Designing Hospitality to bring the inside outside. Working in conjunction with The Langham, the Richmond team carefully selected and bespoke pieces of Elle to compliment the building’s façade and external space. Using light fabrics and materials influenced by the iconic Mies van der Rohe building, Elle features individual table lanterns and low level floor lighting with glass screens and planters to create an intimate experience alongside the sparkling river view.
Contributing to the casual ambiance are personal jam boxes placed in four lounge seating spaces located in each corner of the restaurant. The individual music stations include pre-loaded playlists from which guests can choose their favorite tune and enjoy in their specific dining area.
About Elle on the River:
Elle on the River, located along the Chicago river between the State and Wabash bridges just outside The Langham Hotel, is open for lunch and dinner service Monday through Friday from 11am – 10pm and Saturday 3pm – 10pm. Reservations are not taken. For more information on Elle, visit TravelleChicago.com or call 312-923-7705.
Langham Hospitality Group
As the wholly-owned subsidiary of Great Eagle Holdings, Langham Hospitality Group encompasses a family of distinctive hotels under The Langham, Langham Place, and Eaton brands that are located on four continents. The Group takes its name from the legendary Langham in London which was widely recognized as Europe’s first Grand Hotel. For almost 150 years, this flagship hotel has represented sophisticated and gracious hospitality, a philosophy that reflects elegance in design, innovation in hospitality, genuine service and captivation of the senses across all properties. For reservations, please contact a travel professional or access the website at www.langhamhotels.com
Travelle Restaurant, Lounge and Bar
Situated on the second floor of the luxurious Langham hotel in an iconic skyscraper designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe that once housed IBM regional headquarters, Travelle is located along the Chicago River in the heart of downtown Chicago. A play on the word travel, Travelle is a casually elegant restaurant, lounge and bar which feature Chef Tim Graham’s contemporary interpretations of Mediterranean cuisine. Dishes feature flavors from France, Italy, Spain, Greece and beyond while all items are sourced from the best local and artisan ingredients. Alongside a carefully curated 1600-bottle wine list, Travelle boasts a beverage program that highlights skillfully-crafted classic cocktails. Influenced by the romance of the digital age, architect/designer David Rockwell of the Rockwell Group creates a modern environment that conveys history, sophistication and nostalgia into the 124-seat restaurant and 81-seat bar and lounge that overlook the Chicago skyline and river. Located at 330 North Wabash, Travelle is open seven days a week for breakfast, Sunday brunch, lunch and dinner. For reservations or more information, please visit TravelleChicago.com or call 312-923-9988.