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2940 Lyndale Ave. S. (Lake St.) Send to Phone
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A saké brewpub, from a Japan-obsessed owner of one of the city's top brewpubs.
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3.5 rating over 7 reviews

moto-i Restaurant Review

: Blake Richardson is obsessed with all things Japanese. When a storefront three doors down from the Herkimer---his Lyn-Lake brewpub---became available, he jumped at the opportunity to open the city's first saké brewpub. After extensive training in Japan, and following a top-to-bottom makeover of a former South American eatery, moto-i (Japanese for "yeast starter") was born. The kitchen turns out a laundry list of Japanese-inspired small plates that range from savory steamed buns and dumplings to a wide variety of rice and noodle dishes aimed at vegetarian and meat-eating diners alike. There's also a flurry of little bar snacks, including dried squid with zesty wasabi mayonnaise, Thai chile-dusted roasted peanuts and crisp shoestring-cut taro root munchies. Richardson's unpasteurized saké is served in flights or single servings, and there's a decent beer list as well. The setting is dark and moody, with the exception of the cool, open-air rooftop patio.

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