Travelle restaurant, located within the new Langham Hotel, may echo the hotel’s overall Mies van der Rohe-influenced industrial design, but the real showstopper here is chef Tim Graham’s unique Mediterranean-inspired dishes. Interestingly, Graham believes that there is no such thing as pure Mediterranean cuisine, pointing out that “real” Mediterranean incorporates flavors from 21 countries all along the sea’s coast, from Italy to France to Turkey and beyond.
True to his word, Graham uses elements from each of those countries to create contemporary dishes with creative twists. The saganaki wings are a standout if it’s a spectacle you crave—the bowl of wings is set on fire right at the table, and then extinguished with lemon juice. Diners can also see cooking in action via a glass-enclosed kitchen, which offers especially good views from the private chef’s table situated right outside it. Other menu musts include the seafood elevation, complete with Spanish carabinero shrimp, Maine lobster tail, East and West coast oysters, and more. To start, the white gazpacho with grapes and crouton is an unexpected yet delicious combination.
Before dinner, grab a drink in Travelle’s ‘60s mod-style lounge space adjacent to the restaurant. Indulge in the signature A Martini featuring Russian Standard Vodka, caviar, and truffle, while you enjoy breathtaking views of the Chicago River and skyline. Meanwhile, the bar area offers endless options of bourbon, whiskey, and other liquors. 330 N. Wabash Ave., 312-923-7705