When you go out to eat, you may visit the same spots and order the same thing every time. There’s something comfortable in the familiar, and once you find something you like, there’s nothing wrong with sticking with it. However, if you’re looking for something new, why not come to our Japanese restaurant in Minneapolis and make your next meal an experience?

When it comes to traditional Japanese cuisine, it can be beneficial to try a few different things from the menu. At Moto-i, we have a great selection to choose from, and our staff will gladly recommend their favorite items. In this post, we’ll start with the appetizers and work our way to dessert.

Starting off With Small Plates

Small plates are perfect for sharing with the entire table, and everyone can get a taste of a few different dishes. By starting off with our rangoons or crispy pork belly bites, you can get a taste of Japan without venturing into unknown territory. You’ve likely had some version of rangoons or pork belly before, and they can be a great way to start your meal.

If you’re feeling adventurous with your appetizers, then try our okonomiyaki or our gyoza. You can read all about them on our Lunch and Dinner menu, and we’ll gladly explain what each one is like before you order it.

Throw in Some Veggies

It’s important to have a well-rounded meal, and if you’ve had carbs and protein for your appetizers, then some veggies are likely in order for the next course. We have a great selection of salads and vegetables, including a beet salad, Brussels sprouts, and shishito peppers. These options are great for those who don’t eat meat or who want a little green in their meal.

The Main Course

Noodles are a staple of any Japanese main course, and in our restaurant, we offer several options. You can try our Udon or rice noodles, or you can opt for ramen with Tokyo straight-style noodles. We have everything from classic ramen with smoked pork shoulder to mushroom ramen with enoki and shiitake mushrooms. If you’ve never tried traditional ramen before, then we can suggest a good one with which to start.

End With Something Sweet

No meal is complete without dessert, and we offer lots of tasty treats. You can order our sata andagi, which are Okinawan doughnuts with five-spice sugar, or you choose a banana egg roll, which is a house-made fried wonton banana with kasu ice cream. We also have traditional ice cream and mochi.

What to Drink?

It’s essential to have the right drink with your meal, and we proudly offer our house-brewed American sake. Be sure to ask your server for the current selection and any recommendations. You can also order a specialty sake cocktail or go with your favorite beer or wine. After all, the drink is there to complement and enhance your dining experience.

If you’re looking for something more than just your standard restaurant meal, then come to our Japanese restaurant today. We love meeting new people, and we’ll do our very best to make sure you have a fantastic time!