We went to Moto-I for my birthday
We went to Moto-I for my birthday dinner. The food and service were better than I expected! Such a nice little restaurant! I highly recommend this restaurant!
3/10/2013 5:00:00 PM
Not the usual Japanese resto
Nice ambiance, perfect for a casual romantic date -- dimly-lit, more of a modern Asian feel. The servings are on the medium-light portion size, good to share between two (another plus for a romantic date!) They have a good selection of locally-brewed sake, which is fun for sake-lovers looking for new sake types aside from those you can find in the liquor store, or those who want to try something new. They serve unpasteurized sake, which makes sake taste crisper and fresher on the palate. Their Japanese food selection is not the usual fare you see in other Japanese restos. They don't have a big sushi selection, but they have Japanese and Western fusion dishes. I personally liked the okonomiyaki, and their noodles are pretty good.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Some of the portions were
Some of the portions were kind of small but it all had great flavors.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great for sake, meh for food.
We had fun at Moto-i because of the combination of all parts, not so much because the place itself made that happen. The sake was really the highlight of the offerings from the menu. We tried 4 sakes between the sake flight and ordering another off the menu and they were wonderful. The food, however, was nothing memorable for most of our party. The general consensus was that it was "good" but not a lot more excitement than that. I had a mushroom ramen dish that I really enjoyed, but I was the only person who said they'd come back just for that dish. I think I would go there again, and maybe even recommend it, but with certain considerations. The expectation would be more on the social/cocktail/sake and very little around the food.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always good food and wonderful
Always good food and wonderful sake. the menu changes just a little bit every time we go and that makes for a new experience every time. We really have never been disappointed. Great restaurant overall.
4/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
this was my first time to
this was my first time to Moto - fabulous food - awesome staff!! Will definitely come again!!!
4/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Ordered two fried rice options
Ordered two fried rice options and a round of small plates for the table. Great sharing options and the food was quite good...not overly ambitious or adventures....but quite nice. We will definitely return.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was great and the
The food was great and the service was very fast. There was always one of the waiters or waitresses re-filling our waters or clearing plates, not just our own. Fun atmosphere and tasty food. The ramen is delicious!
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
We went pre-theater with two teenage grandchildren and had a great time sampling many of the small dishes with Japanese flavors. Very busy and energetic on a Friday eve but the back booths allowed for good conversation. Our server was friendly and attentive, food cam our quickly - ever all a great experience!
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Moto-i brews their Sakes on the premises - they are wonderful, with a range of flavors adn textures offered, a couple truly beautiful. We were sad that they no longer offered the whole fish, but got over that when we ordered the pork belly bites - wow! Truly pork heaven on a plate. Awesome Japenese-style savory pancake, naughty-good Bulogi sliders. Server was terrific with recommendations and explanations, but perhaps a bit overwhelmed for a while, then another server joined in and order was restored. A wonderful spot for sake, nummy bites of food, and conversation.
4/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was good and tasted
The food was good and tasted more authentic than asian-fusion. The chicken rice porridge was GREAT; the crispy chicken strips definitely complimented the rice porridge. It was the perfect consistency and flavors. Only negative was that our rangoons and fried chicken were a little overcooked and a little burnt on top.
4/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Once we got over the shock
Once we got over the shock of them being out of their beyond awesome pork belly bites (oh no!), we managed to have a lovely evening. Incredible sake, brewed on the premises, creative food choices, lots of small plates to share - range of flavors and textures, something for everyone. Lots of creative veggies, lots of fun meats and seafood, all presented in appetizing manner. And, superb service - our server was very attentive without being intrusive, enthusiastic and genuine. Oh, and the cucumber cooler martini, wow!
5/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
I wish the patio would be open, but sadly the Minnesota weather is not cooperating. The sake is tasty and the classic bowl of ramen is fattening and delicious. If there are two must have items, they are: spicy chicken steamed buns and the good luck cocktail. NOM NOM NOM!
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
I had originally purchased a Group-on to Moto-I primarily because it was near a theater where we had tickets for a play. That event fell through and we finally got around to rescheduling our dinner at Moto-i this past weekend. Service was attentive. Food was good. We'll probably return.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great variety of food, saki
Great variety of food, saki drinks and excellent service.
5/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good Food, Good Sake
The menu has a good assortment of food. We chose to order a number of smaller dishes to share. The waiter was very knowledgeable about the sake and was able to recommend a fit for our taste.
5/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
My husband and I went on a Saturday for brunch at 1pm. It was very quiet and a great atmosphere. The food was amazing. Loved the asian inspired brunch menu.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Hadn't been to this restaurant
Hadn't been to this restaurant before but had a Groupon for brunch. Would definitely recommend if you're looking for something out of the ordinary for brunch. Mimosa Sake for $2 - taste great and what a deal. We had the pork belly bites for an appetizer and for entrees had the pork sandwich with scrambled egg, the ginger egg fried rice and the big boy breakfast. Will definitely go again.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wish: a Moto-i in my neighborhood!
Fantastic Sake, brewed on site, need I say more? Incredible range of styles and flavors - so food friendly! We drive in from far west Minnetonka just for the sake, it is that good. Pork belly bites - out of this world! Japanese-style savory pancake deep flavors, great textures, and dancing bonito - fun! Perfectly steamed and seasoned edamame, lucious roasted beets. Friendly and super helpful server - patiently answered all our questions. WOW!
5/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love the small-plates menu.
Love the small-plates menu. It was a perfect way for two of us to share a few interesting dishes. The pork belly bites were fantastic. The yellowtail sashimi was tasty, but overpowered by the spicy thick jalapeno slices. The mussels tasted fresh, if a little bit bland compared to the other dishes.
5/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Not great service
We stopped by in the middle of the afternoon, and there was virtually no wait staff. The bartender took our order through a window from the bar and was not very interested in answering questions or making sure we got what we wanted. The food was fine, but it was a lackluster experience overall.
6/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner for 2
This was my third visit and the food was excellent. Shared 5 small plates to start. We had the pickle plate, JFC (Japanese Fried Chicken), sliders, fried pork belly, and the sweet potato fries. All were really good but the two that wow are the pickle plate and the fried pork belly. We actually ordered one more pickle plate and fried pork belly. Moto does a quick pickle (I am guessing) so the veggies retain much of their snap and crunch. The veggies will rotate based on what they have. On our plates were carrots, celery (celery pickled is fantastic), daikon radish, fennel, and red onion. The fired pork belly is crispy goodnes. The sauce and the cilantro add fantastic flavor. If you love saki, they make their own in house and it is reallygood
6/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Enjoyable Birthday dinner!
Took my son and his girlfriend out for dinner for his birthday. Service was great, food was excellent. Too hot for the roof though!
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very good restaurant! we especially enjoyed shrimp buns - those were exceptional!
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
small plates and sake
great fun to do flights of sake with small plates. share it all while the staff answers your every question about sake, including how it is brewed. they brew their own sake! the food was delicious, and it was fun to taste-test different marriages of the food flavors with the different sake flavors.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
moto-i is a great place to dine before taking in a show at Jungle Theater. Our server was knowledgeable, friendly and prompt with our drinks and food. We ordered two appetizers - pork buns and a pork belly dish - both were wonderful. Three of us had the shrimp tempera - 6 lightly battered shrimp with harissa sauce on the side. All agreed it was some of the best tempera we've had. One in our party ordered a ramen noodle dish which he claimed was perfectly seasoned and quite filling. We arrived at 5:30, had time to have drinks, chat, eat and get to the play by 7:15. All in all, a wonderful evening.We agreed to return and be more adventurous next time - might even try one of their saki cocktails!
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
They brew their own sake -- good range of choices, all awesome!
Need I say more?
Oh, OK, here goes:
Pork belly bites, crispy tofu lettuce wraps, sashimi, tender and flavorful steak, the best sweet potato fries, . . . etc., YUM!
Terrific service -- friendly and knowledgeable.
Happy hour prices!
Enough said, go, drink, munch, enjoy!
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fun sake brew pub
This was a very good dinner out on a Sunday with the kids. The place was mostly empty. From appearances I do not think it would be kid friendly on busier nights.
Our meal was outstanding. All of the small plates we ordered were excellent. Out server Cristos did a good job with food and sake recommendations. He also adjusted well to having children at the table. This a Japanese cuisine without the sushi. There is so much to thus cuisine most Americans miss out on thinking only of sushi and tepanyaki display restaurants.
I highly recommend Moto-I and wi return myself, without the kids.
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Not your everyday Japanese
No sushi, for starters. Not that it's missed. I brought some out-of-town friends (including one from Vancouver, where they know Japanese restaurants) and we all thoroughly enjoyed both the restaurant-brewed sake and the small plates that we shared. Caution: the noise level I listed reflects the relatively empty restaurant we found on a weekday evening. If we were there on a weekend (when it's usually hopping) I suspect it would be considerably higher.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Will definitely go back to
Will definitely go back to try the sake. The server was excellent.
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Awesome small plates
When you want small plates instead of 1 plate of something. Super tasty. Love the food here.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Japanese and Korean flair
My friend lived in Japan so we went to moto-i to check out the cuisine. She loved the bibimbap entree, great flavor and textures with a surprise poached egg inside. A little Korean flavor was a surprise in the dish. Moto-i is known for its houemade ramen noodles and a bowl of soup did not disappoint with our pork addition. The calamari appetizer was delicious and coated with a fine seasoned panko. Our waitress who was in charge of the cafe was very accommodating and kept our tea pots full of hot water and was most pleasant and helpful. We will return to enjoy other items liked the steamed buns.
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent staff, very helpful,
Excellent staff, very helpful, chicken was awesome.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM