1. Reserve Your Holiday Spot Today

    With December in full swing, you’re probably getting ready for friends and family to arrive and to stay with you for a few days, if not longer. Your plan is to head to the grocery store, stock up on all the staples, and have plenty of snacks and options for lunch and dinner. However, after a few days in the house together, you and your relatives may be ready to get out and experience the city, a…Read More

  2. The Ceremony of Sake

    If you’ve ever traveled to Japan, or are familiar with Japanese culture, then you most likely know how important ceremony is to the country. The Japanese people have many rites and rituals, with many of them stemming from various religions found throughout the country. As with many religious ceremonies, food and drink come into the equation at some point, and in Japan, sake is a very important p…Read More

  3. Celebrate the Holidays in The Twin Cities!

    The holidays are a great time of the year, and if you have family in town for a few days, you want to show them a fun time. This can mean going out to dinner, catching a movie, or finding a festive event in the area. At Moto-i, we love being a part of a family’s holiday plans, and if you have relatives who are in the mood for traditional Japanese cuisine, you can bring them to our restaurant for…Read More

  4. Why Not Go Out for Dinner Tonight?

    People go out to dinner for all types of reasons, whether it’s to celebrate an anniversary, a birthday, or just because they felt like it. At Moto-i, we’re always happy to see people, no matter the reason, and if you’re in the mood for authentic Japanese cuisine in Minneapolis, we’d love to see you tonight! In this post, we’ll look at some of the benefits of going out to eat versus stayi…Read More

  5. Sake Cocktails to Try at Home

    At Moto-i in Minneapolis, we’re dedicated to making and serving the best sake in the Twin Cities. Our on-site brewery makes it easy to show people how our sake is made, and we’re always striving to create the most flavorful varieties. While you can order traditional drinks by the glass, we also have sake cocktails that offer something different in the way of flavors. Many of these, like our Ce…Read More

  6. Catch a Miyazaki Film This Fall

    We’ve written about the legendary Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki before, and the impact that his films have had on the world. Favorites such as My Neighbor Totoro and Kiki’s Delivery Service have been shown on a regular basis, and we’re happy to see that several of Miyazaki’s movies have found their way into theaters once again. Over the next couple of months, you can catch these classic…Read More

  7. Basic Japanese Words and Phrases

    At Moto-i in Minneapolis, our restaurant is built on the tradition of delicious Japanese cuisine and the centuries-old practice of brewing sake. We love having people come in who have never tried ramen or sake, and seeing the look on their faces when they discover a dish they love or they try a drink they thought they may not like. What we love even more is when they come back again and again, and…Read More

  8. Get Ready For Football Season

    Moto-i Ramen and Sake House is only a few miles from U.S. Bank Stadium, and as the Minnesota Vikings get ready for the first season in their new home, we’re getting ready for plenty of hungry customers before and after each game. The regular season kicks off in Minneapolis on Monday, September 11th, as the Vikings host the New Orleans Saints. If you’re looking for a spot to grab a bite before …Read More

  9. Celebrate Back to School Time

    It’s the middle of August, and that means students around the country will be heading back or are already back to school. Children are figuring out their new responsibilities as students, and parents are figuring out how to balance their schedules with taking kids to school and picking them up at the end of the day. The hubbub of back-to-school time can take its toll, and it’s important take t…Read More

  10. Spending the Day in Minneapolis?

    Minneapolis is a great place to spend a summer day, and many people visit the city during the warmer months of the year. July and August are often much more agreeable months than September and October, and there’s plenty to do during a day or two in the city. At Moto-i, we love meeting people who are on vacation and visiting the area for the first time, and many times, it’s their first time in…Read More