Cooking at home involves the risk of small burns, spilled liquids, and the advances of an oven in heat. Avoid stove-top suitors with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of sushi and drinks at Moto Sushi in St. Peters.
Moto Sushi unites diners with an expansive menu of authentic Japanese cuisine and signature creations designed by chef Charlie Kim. Diners can share specialty creations such as the McClay roll, which cradles shrimp tempura, crabmeat, cream cheese, and avocado in soy paper with spicy mayo ($9.95), and the Godfather, which encloses a cache of lobster tempura, cream cheese, asparagus, and masago under a crown of tuna, salmon, and tobiko with spicy mayo and eel sauce ($17.95). After taking on a spicy crabmeat-and-cream-cheese Volcano roll ($11.95), guests can breathe fire and enter the full bar beyond the shoji screen doors to try a hot sake ($4.50). Lantern-style light fixtures suspended from Moto Sushi's arched ceiling illuminate the natural tones of the restaurant while inviting guests to gather around 180-degree booths for a unifying dining experience. Alternatively, diners may lounge on the outdoor patio while enjoying a japanese Sapporo beer ($6), inhales of free-spirited oxygen, and premium shade courtesy of Moto Sushi's diligent umbrellas.
The composed, yet inviting presentation of Moto Sushi's maki and nigiri hints at the chefs' dedication to cleanly fused flavors. Behind the sushi bar, chefs roll more than 50 different maki with inventive ingredients–sweet-chili sauce, fried jalapeños, and fajita peppers, among others–before arranging them into arrow-straight lines or scale maps of the Tokyo subway system. Traditional Japanese entrees, including marinated chicken teriyaki and tempura-fried vegetables, round out the menu.
Suspended from the ceiling, cylindrical-pendant lamps light the sage-green sushi bar and cast a yellow glow through wire shades that hang above horseshoe-shaped booths.