Moto (restaurant)

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Moto is a molecular gastronomy restaurant in the Fulton River District of Chicago, Illinois known for creating "high-tech" dishes which incorporate elements such as carbonated fruit, edible paper, lasers and liquid nitrogen for freezing food.[1][2]

Moto is run by Executive Chef Homaro Cantu and owner Alex Espalin. A sister restaurant, "iNG" is located next door, which serves "flavor tripping cuisine" based on the miracle berry, which makes sour foods taste sweet.


The Spring/Summer 2012 menu at Moto featured 15 courses, including "Reconstructed Corn," "Forest Foraging 2.0," "The Explosion," and "Smell the Glove." The meal begins with a menu without words, in which the 15 courses are downsized into bite-size portions, with the dessert courses made into savory versions so as not to spoil the palate.[3]


Moto is the main feature of the TV show "Future Food" on the Planet Green/Discovery Channel network.

Awards and honors[edit]

In 2012, Forbes Magazine ranked Moto #44 on its list of "The 100 Best US Restaurants."[4]


  1. ^ Bernstein, David (02-03-2005), "When the Sous-Chef Is an Inkjet", The New York Times  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. ^ Walkup, Carolyn (01-09-2006), "'Molecular gastronomy' more than 'making paper' for Chicago's Moto", Nation's Restaurant News  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. ^ "Moto Restaurant 2012 Spring/Summer Menu". Retrieved 23 August 2012. 
  4. ^ Olmstead, Larry (2012-03-13), "Just Released - The 100 Best US Restaurants", Forbes 

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