Pub Royale is an Anglo-Indian style restaurant fusing flavors in Wicker Park, near the Ukrainian Village.
Natalie, Christina and I visited one Monday evening and gorged ourselves. I had a $10 off of $25 card from A la Card Chicago, and we found out that there’s actually a killer special at Pub Royale on Mondays!
The interior is warm, and softly lit with an indoor stringed light canopy. There’s a huge beer menu on the back wall that looks vaguely like the New York Stock Exchange, and a bar in the corner.
To start, we had the Gobi Manchurian cauliflower ($12) and the Lamb Dumplings ($9).
The cauliflower tasted a bit like vegan wings! It was battered and fried until crispy and tossed in a sticky, sweet and spicy Manchurian sauce, and sprinkled with some sliced scallions and sesame seeds.
The Lamb Dumplings, on the other hand, were delicately steamed dumplings filled with spicy, numbing lamb filling and garnished with some cilantro, more sesame seeds, and what I believe was fried shallots.
Pub Royale does this really great deal on Mondays, where you get your choice of either the Royale w/ Cheese or the Chicken Tikka Kati Roll, a can of Hamm’s beer (a lager, kind of like Bud Light) and a shot of bourbon, all for $10. Of course, we took the shots on empty stomachs. Christina and I both got the Monday special – I picked the burger and she got the roll. It was a buttload of food for the price!!
The Royale w/ Cheese (normally $15) was a thick and juicy patty deliciously layered with spicy pickles, tangy aioli and melty cheddar cheese, all stuck between a thick sesame bun. Very oily and very indulgent. I didn’t catch the reference – someone had to tell me, a few days later.
Christina’s Chicken Tikka Kati Roll ($15) was essentially an Indian-inspired burrito, wrapped in a crispy whole wheat paratha (somewhat like naan, but more layered and flaky) and stuffed with shredded chicken tikka, caramelized onion, cotija cheese and cilantro. The chicken was a bit dry sometimes, but overall, with the three dipping sauces that they gave us, it was creative and a great fusion! I loved the mint-cilantro chutney and the refreshing yogurt sauce the most.
Natalie’s India Hot Chicken Wings ($14) were a great amount of spice for me, though Natalie said that she couldn’t taste any spice (OK). The naan was a bit thinner and drier than I would have liked, but the lime ranch was addictive – I kept ripping off pieces of naan to transport that creamy sauce to my mouth!
I would totally go back to Pub Royale to try more. It’s creatively and thoughtfully food for a decent price, in an interesting area of Chicago I’d like to further explore. I’ll be back for more food, and some beer!
Let me know if you’re down to go!