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.

CHECK OUT OUR PLACE

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Planning a party or a simple dinner? Book your reservation today.

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.

{SMALL PLATES}

{COLD}

THAI BIBB SALAD GF, V

10.0

spiced vinegar, puff rice, atchara pickle

HEIRLOOM TOMATO SALAD SH

11.0

cured duck yolk, shrimp vinaigrette, thai basil

BISTEK TATAKI GF

12.0

Ontario beef, charred onion, garlic crumb

B.C. TROUT CEVICHE GF

14.0

citrus salsa, calamansi, cold pressed canola

{HOT}

IBERICO EMPANADA

10.0

coppa, shepherd peppers, manchego

GENERAL TAO BAO BUNS (2pc)

12.0

fried chicken, lemon mayo, onion pickle

CRISPY MAPO TOFU V

10.0

mushroom ragu, toban djan, chili

HONGKONG STYLE CALAMARI SH

12.0

crispy leeks, chili, garlic crumb

GUANGZHOU CHICKEN WINGS

14.0

six spice rub, honey, thai bird chili

DUCK DUMPLINGS (4pc)

14.0

duck confit, foie gras, dumpling sauce

GRILLED CHICKEN INASAL

12.0

atchara pickle, soy chili

{LAND & SEA}

SZECHUAN EGGPLANT V

18.0

mushroom yu xiang, scallion, sesame

GRILLED SEA BASS GF

19.0

salted duck eggs & tomato salad, chili scallion sambal

HUMBA PORK BELLY SH

22.0

tausi braise, apple & pear kimchi, bibb lettuce

WAGYU COULOTTE STEAK GF

24.0

snake river farms sirloin, king mushrooms, atchara slaw

KOREAN BEEF SHORT RIB SH

34.0

bulgogi braise, kimchi slaw, nori rice

WHOLE FRIED SEA BASS SH

36.0

turmeric curry, mustard greens

{NOODLES & RICE}

CHILLED UDON NOODLE V

15.0

roasted chili dressing, summer vegetables, nori panko

FRIED CHICKEN FRIED RICE

18.0

gochujang, cabbage, lemon mayo, sesame

CRAB & SCALLOPS FRIED RICE SH

18.0

blue crab, bay scallops, white shoyu

XO SCALLOPS CAPELLINI S

18.0

angel hair, snow pea leaf, bay scallops

{SIDES}

JASMINE RICE GF,V

2.0

BIBB LETTUCE CUPS GF,V

3.0

XO RICE GF,SH

4.0

FRIED BRUSSELS SPROUTS GF

8.0

spiced maple vinegar, manchego

Minutes away from the Toronto Theatre District!

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