Chefs’ ovens burn much hotter than conventional ovens, allowing them to quickly roast meats and melt glacier chunks into gourmet ice water. Enjoy professional cooking with today’s Groupon for a Japanese dinner for two at Moto-i. Dinner is served from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Choose between the following options:
- For $40, you get a dinner for two (up to an $85 total value), valid Monday–Friday.
- For $40, you get a dinner for two (up to an $85 total value), valid Saturday or Sunday.<p>
Each dinner includes the following: * Any two appetizers from the Snacks, Crispy, or Fresh section of the menu (up to a $11 value each) * Choice of any entree up to a $32 total value * Any one dessert (up to a $6 value) * Any one bottle of sake (up to a $25 value)<p>
Moto-i’s Japanese menu draws widespread Asian influences onto plates of savory nibblers and innovative ramen noodles, and the restaurant’s Japanese brewery boasts a roster of six house-brewed sakes. Dining companions can kick off their feast with ika dried squid and bacon rangoons whose shishoto pepper makes them pop on tongues like a balloon-animal porcupine next to its real-life counterpart. For the main act, a whole-fish entree awaits a pair of stomachs alongside bok choi, kim chee, and rice, and the abura ramen’s tangle of noodles dance over palates with smoked pork shoulder and chili oil. The maitake ramen’s zucchini, mushrooms, and military prowess elevate it to the rank of shogun. A bottle of Moto-i’s futsuu nama namazake pours fragrant rice liquors with notes of pear or caramel into glasses for heady sips. The night’s gustatory symphony crescendos with okinawan donuts powdered with five-spice sugar or the rotating dessert of the day.
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.