May 19, 2011
Amazing food experience but perhaps a bit long clocking in just over 4.5 hours. I love to eat but after a while the novelty started to wear off. Highlights: edible menus, 'pork sandwich as a cohiba cigar, and amazing mollusk preparations for being in Chicago.Was this review helpful?
May 29, 2010
Go! Less stuffy than Alinea. Where guest actually giggle about some of the courses they get served. i had an amazing time and would recommend the FULL (not the half, that is for losers) tasting menu to anyone.Was this review helpful?
Dec 5, 2010
Creative Cuisine and Fun Attitude To start, I try the cucumber & GINger cocktail. It is refreshing, though the ginger aspects are barely there. After some prompting from others, I follow up with the siesta. This is more to my liking! The coconut milk shields my taste buds from the harsher aspects of the tequila. For some reason, it tastes like a tropical version of egg nog...which isn't a bad thing. Adequately lubed, we are then presented with the menu for our 10 course meal. The menu itself it edible, a thin wafer of baked pastry upon which edible ink has been printed. The whole thing tastes like a grilled cheese sandwich! Some sections of raw tomato help freshen it up. We also ask the servers (who rotate out of the kitchen and sometimes create some of these dishes) to pair up some wine for each course. The servers are clearly having as much fun as we are, and that elevates our experience ten-fold. We start with a Ceviche Margarita, taking form as a lime foam snowman with Himalayan salt eyes, nose, and mouth sitting atop a sleigh of raw tuna. When all elements are combined, it does indeed taste like a margarita! There is no fish taste at all and the textures play off each other nicely. White Steel follows, a thick cut of mahi-mahi accompanied by bright red fish roe, all atop a hearts-of-palm puree infused with vanilla bean. The roe is salty and the texture is alien to me, but the fish is firm and flaky. Again, once all parts hit the fork with that puree, it becomes magic. I very nearly clear my plate. Our final fish course is the Crab Cake, which is really a puff pastry filled with lobster bits. Along for the ride are marinated fennel bulb and butter sorbet, all of it making for a rich and creative dish. Next up is NUAC man. No idea what it stands for, but it is a hunk of braised pork belly next to a mushroom broccoli rabe. In the middle of the rabe stands a tall, pale mushroom which has been dehyrdated then reconsistuted to create something like a mushroom peep . It is light, crispy, and provides a nice constrast to the deep, earthen tones of the rest of the dish. Our next course is called Quail & Cracker Jacks, and that's about as literal as this meal got. Juicy quail breast, coated in Cracker Jack coating, arrives on a plate with dipping sauces and a cherry-flavored prize pouch. It is quick and delicious finger food. Our last main course is a Rabbit Maki, served up sushi-style with chopsticks. It is actually avocado and chunks of rabbit encircled by sticky risotto with a beet cone, garlic aoili, and a fresh pea puree made up to look like wasabi. It is a fun way to present the ingredients, and all of it works well together. I even like the rabbit! Finally, our dessert course begins with a Mexican Cannoli. But wait! It's another bait-and-switch! It's actually spicy barbeque pulled duck leg in a pastry that tastes like a tamale, covered in achiote sauce and sour cream. It is easily my favorite dish...the supreme example of your eyes telling you this is sweet, your taste buds testifying it is savory, and your brain trying to assimilate all the disparate sensory data. In a word: fun! Real dessert proceeds, including truffled ice cream and pineapple chai, but for all intents and purposes, the meal is done. I finish with a cup of hot espresso. For those foodies actively seeking a unique and experimental experience, I can't recommend Moto more. I can't imagine dining here more than once a year, but I can't imagine NOT dining here more than once a lifetime. To read Juliet's take, check out HeFedSheFed.com!Was this review helpful?
Aug 16, 2011
The food and showmanship was fantastic. I'm not sure if it was worth the money spent, and the service was a little stuffy. The few jokes and attempts we made to lighten the mood were met by scowls.Was this review helpful?
Oct 20, 2011
Wonderful and interesting ingredients, well executed with a whimsical flair. A few dishes were oversalted but overall very memorable and excellent food.Was this review helpful?
Price:$$$$ (Very Expensive)
Hours (12:00pm - Noon, 12:00am - Midnight)
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