With today's Groupon, indulge in authentic Japanese eats at the first sake brewery in the country. For $20, you’ll get $50 worth of drinks and dishes at moto-i, an Uptown restaurant reminiscent of a traditional Japanese pub that is, unlike most Japanese pubs, located in Minneapolis.
Start with the signature sake. Moto-i brews and serves seven varieties of sake, including many unpasteurized namazakes. Side with a dish designed for the potent pour, like lotus chips ($3) or ika (dried squid) served with wasabi mayo ($3). The menu specializes in small plates reminiscent of Tokyo street food, including chicken dumplings ($8) and Japanese pancakes served with bacon ($8). Look for daily specials scrawled across the chalkboard, noodle dishes, sashimi, and classic soups. Moto-i also has a separate menu for vegetarians, those with food allergies, and those who have recently witnessed motorcycle accidents.
Moto-i prides itself on incorporating Asian ethnicities into all its dishes. Small-plate style allows you to sample a variety of original eats while sipping. Break from your traditional breweries, impress a date, or make good on your resolution to try something new each day with this Groupon.
- With this kind of ambition (and a firing-on-all-cylinders start) Moto-i may change the way Minneapolis—and the United States—goes out for a night on the town. – James Norton, City Pages
Popwilleatme.com raves about moto-i's signature sake:
- Yes Moto-i’s sake is the real deal and yes I want to take it behind the bleachers and get it pregnant. – Popwilleatme.com
moto-i gives diners an authentic Japanese culinary experience without requiring that they leave uptown Minneapolis. Unpasteurized draft sake is brewed inside the izakaya-influenced bar and restaurant; onsite production keeps this staple libation fresh and free of jet lag. Executive chef Omar forges Asian-fusion dishes that meld flavors such as whole fish served with handmade pickles and abura ramen peppered with smoked pork shoulder. Instead of airing football games and soccer matches, the restaurant’s TVs run live and pre-recorded sumo wrestling bouts simulcast from Japan, proving to diners that sports aren’t required by international law to include a ball.