Pulling from influences of Filipino, Chinese, Japanese and North American cuisines, alum Chef Francis Bermejo has created an incredible sharing plate menu which has been paired perfectly with cocktails from another Bar Buca alum Robert Granicolo who is helming the front of house team.

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Mother Tongue - Modern Asian Restaurant and Cocktail Bar

WHERE WE ARE

Mother Tongue is tucked away speakeasy-style in the recesses below the Templar Hotel.

OUR INSPIRATION

The menu is focused on shareable plates and has an Asian backbone, with strong Filipino, Chinese, Japanese and also North American influences.

BEVERAGE INSPIRATION

We make delicious drinks to complement our food. But we can get a bit more playful with cocktails that pay homage to Toronto.

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THEY SAY

{TESTIMONIALS}

Good mix of bar and restaurant. All the food I've had has been great and the staff are super friendly. It's close by so I've been a few times and the owner is always around and very accommodating. Nicest bar in the area by far.

Derek Cohen

CTO

The food was phenomenal, I'm still thinking about it the next day. Order several entrees and share with friends. The cocktails are creative, some drinks are a twist on old classics, and others are unlike any drink I've tried before.

Samantha Champagne

Local Guide

Mother Tongue is tucked away speakeasy-style in the recesses below the Templar Hotel. The menu is focused on share plates and has an Asian backbone, with strong Filipino, Chinese, Japanese and also North American influences.

Amy Carlberg

Writer at BlogTO

Templar Hotel's new two-floor eatery is a love letter to Filipino cuisine from a pair of Bar Buca alumni.

Natalia Manzocco

Writer at NowToronto

The bar also customized a drink for me as they didn't have any gin based drinks on the menu, and it was good. The bartender also seemed very knowledgable as he recommended for us to try a few different kinds of gin next time based on what we had liked.

Gladys C.

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{OUR MENU}

Pulling from influences of Filipino, Chinese, Japanese and North American cuisines, Chef Francis Bermejo has created an incredible sharing plate menu which has been paired perfectly with our cocktails.

{DINNER}
PANCIT BIHON

$17.00

rice noodle, shiitake, heirloom carrot, kombu dashi

SICHUAN EGGPLANT

$18.00

mushroom yu xiang, scallion, chili

FOIE FRIED RICE

$20.00

corn, rapini, snow peas, sesame

LEMONGRASS CHICKEN RICE

$22.00

ginger scallion, chili jam

HUMBA PORK BELLY

$26.00

6 hour braise, apple & pear kimchi, bibb lettuce

BEEF RIB

$34.00

atchara slaw, scallion cornbread, peanut crumb

WHOLE FRIED SEA BASS

$36.00

turmeric curry, mustard green

CRAB & CORN BAO SH

$7.00

kimchi mayo, iceberg, pickled red onion

HEIRLOOM TOMATO SALAD SH

$13.00

cured duck yolk, tamarind, shrimp paste, thai basil

FRIED CHICKEN BAO

$7.00

gochujang, lemon mayo, pickles (1pc)

CRISPY TOFU

$12.00

mushroom ragu, black bean, chili

BISTEK TATAKI

$15.00

ontario beef, charred onion, garlic crumb

XO SQUID

$14.00

rapini, lap cheong, potato, sichuan pepper

GUANGZHOU CHICKEN WINGS

$15.00

six spice rub, honey, chili

DUCK DUMPLINGS

$16.00

king cole duck confit, foie gras, dumpling sauce (4pc)

TUNA CRUDO

$17.00

albacore tuna, sesame dressing, ginger chips

ONTARIO TROUT CEVICHE GF

$17.00

calamansi, pomelo, chili, cold pressed canola oil

THAI BIBB SALAD GF, V

$12.00

atchara pickle, spiced vinegar, maple, roasted rice

Minutes away from the Toronto Theatre District!

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