My boyfriend and I learned of Moto about 2-3 years ago when we were both poor students living 700 miles away from the restaurant. I'm not sure how we heard about it, but Cantu's use of liquid nitrogen and lasers intrigued us both. Since that time we've always contemplated making a reservation but always ended up somewhere else...until last night. I think we were both a little nervous about the meal having read several chowhound and lthforum.com postings about the restaurant that said it was too experimental or that the food didn't taste that great. But boy did we have a great night. We chose to go with the 10 course meal, with the pairings.
The highlights included perfectly tender octopus, a shot of liquefied deliciousness (I'm not going to say which course is liquefied so as to not ruin the experience for others), liquid nitrogen fun, fizzy grapes (courtesy of the "fizzilator"), jellied champagne, wallau that my mouth is still watering over, packing peanuts, oh and the most delicious "cheese plate" we've ever experienced. Superb. Oh, and amazingly seasoned quail... in fact the seasoning on everything was perfect... you know, the perfect level of spice that excites the palate without overpowering the flavour of the meat/starch etc. but then lingers for a while so you can continue to enjoy the flavours after the plate has left the table.
There were some disappointments: I thought the pork belly was too dry. That same dish also suffered a little in the beginning because of the deconstruction-ism. Once you blended everything on the plate together the flavours were well balanced and hearty, but we both missed this in the beginning as we ate the dish piece by piece as we had thought we should.
Interestingly, the best part of the entire evening was when the wait staff forgot to serve us our final wine pairing. One of the staff had been nice enough to serve us a second glass of the ice wine that came prior to the port. When we were given the check I asked the server about the tawny. I nicely told him that i wasn't sure if the second glass of ice wine was supposed to be a substitute but that i'd prefer to pay for the ice wine and get the tawny as well. Well, turns out they had just messed up and man did they make up for it. We received a glass of the tawny as well as a glass of the Graham's 1991 vintage port (!). They then gave us a second glass of the tawny and offered us a second glass of the vintage. Finally, as we were sitting there enjoying our drinks for a while they came out and serves us with one of the desserts on the GTM (chili dog). The staff went above and beyond to make sure they made up for their mistake. My boyfriend and I are magnets for bad service and this is by far the best resolution we've ever received. Having recently had a miserable service experience at Blackbird (including a staff member saying in response to our complaint "it's not my tip!"), Moto's service really was a breath of fresh air.
In conclusion, our meal was an excellent combination of science, taste and service. We will definitely be going back.