Moto Restaurant

Molecular Gastronomy
$ $ $ $
945 W Fulton St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 491-0058
5:00pm - 9:00pm
5:00pm - 9:00pm
5:00pm - 9:00pm
5:00pm - 9:00pm
5:00pm - 9:00pm

Diners at Moto should be prepared to eat anything from “trash” to a "Cuban cigar" — that is, with his sense of whimsy and cerebral molecular gastronomy, chef Homaro Cantu’s creative dishes have been known to fool his guests, leading to playful culinary optical illusions, like a flowerpot with edible dirt. — Valaer Murray, 2/18/11



  • Get a sample of food of the future and dine at Moto Restaurant, where molecular gastronomy meets the hip meat-packing district. Samantha Brown
  • Chef Homaro Cantu has become the poster child of the mad-scientist conceptual-cooking fad in America. The result is "postmodern interactive cuisine" that is worth the experiment.
  • Moto is a MUST when you are in Chicago. It is unlike any experience anywhere!
  • Eat here if you can possibly afford it. It is revolutionary. If you can't afford to eat here, then drink here. You will thank me for this tip.
  • Part chef, part mad scientist, Homaro Cantu's playful attitude towards molecular gastronomy often tricks diners by offering familiar looking dishes concocted out of something totally unexpected.
  • When you realize that the waiters are chefs, and the phrase "molecular gastronomy" is being bantered about, you know you're in for an intense culinary experience.
  • Ok, 10 course. Come early, plan to spend the whole evening, no rushing. This is worth one of the ever so precious evenings of your life, so enjoy it. Mmmm. Wow. Good.
  • Amazing food. Service & ambiance leave a lot to be desired.
  • Make sure you try the cucumber ginger cocktail.
  • If you got the loot.
  • 14-course tasting menu all the way. Amazing. Culinary techie Homaro Cantu needs to be seen first hand as words cannot express his genius.
  • This is how moto does a plate of vegtables. Absolutely stunning
  • One Michelin star
  • You get a mini version of the entire meal: a terrarium w/ sashimi cubes, a tiny bagel, a "tree trunk" of little pancakes.Green Guide Editor
  • In Homaro Cantu's restaurant, past trickery included a play on egg-drop soup in which frozen-egg and microgreen pellets were dropped into soup, and seared beef was paired with caramelaserized wine.
  • Get the wine pairings!
  • Go visit Chef Cantu in the "lab" (their affectionate term for the kitchen), then sit back and crunch down on the edible menu - all part of their deliciously theatrical 20-course tasting experience.
  • cucumber ginger cocktail is FANTASTIC.
  • You will never look at candles the same way after eating here.
  • Ladies, you won't fully understand the experience until you use the toilet. Seriously.

Nearby places

955 W Fulton Market (at Morgan St.)