Downtown’s about to get another option for Indian flavors, as the latest pop-up at Revival Food Hall will feature kati rolls from Pub Royale, Wicker Park’s craft beer-centric Anglo-Indian restaurant and bar. The pop-up launches October 1 and lasts through December 28. The news comes after Art of Dosa announced its pop-up at Forum 55, bringing South Indian vegetarian food to that other downtown food hall.
Pub Royale is the Division Street bar from Heisler Hospitality (Bad Hunter, Estereo, Queenie’s Supper Club). It opened in 2015, serving the fusion food created while the British Empire occupied India to satiate royal subjects living on the subcontinent. Pub Royale’s most popular item deviated from Anglo Indian cuisine — it’s a cheeseburger. The “Royale With Cheese,” which may conjure Pulp Fiction references, is a beef patty with aged cheddar, spicy pickles, and aioli. Customers will be able to make that a combo at Revival by adding fries or a cup of Mulligatawny soup.
Other items include a chicken tikka kati roll — which can be made into a rice bowl — and eggplant curry. Another fusion item rounds out the main menu. Gobi manchurian is a popular Indo-Chinese dish of savory and sweet fried cauliflower. Former Ada Street executive chef Joanna Stachon is now the chef at Pub Royale.
While Pub Royale has a massive beer selection, the pop-up will serve “dressed” cans of Hamm’s beer. The beer’s garnished with hot sauce and spiced salt and lime. The seasoning is popular in the Indian state of Kerala which last month experienced unprecedented destruction from massive monsoons. Staff will also serve peppercorn limeade.
This pop-up represents a collaboration between two of Chicago’s bigger restaurant groups as Revival’s owners at 16” On Center are working with Heisler. This isn’t a case of a chef wanting to test the market with the hopes of opening their own restaurant. Heisler hopes the pop-up will serve as an introduction to downtown diners to bring more customers to its Wicker Park restaurant. Regardless, the move will help bring a rarely seen set of flavors to the Loop.
See the full menu below. Pub Royale’s pop-up up goes from October 1 to December 28 at Revival Food Hall, 125 S. Clark Street.