Bar Mordecai Toronto

Bar Mordecai

Bar Mordecai is named for the pet hawk of one of the characters in The Royal Tenenbaums, directed by Wes Anderson

This bar is influenced by the aesthetic of his films and the style of grand old school hotel lobbies (the Tenenbaums are living in a hotel at the beginning of the movie).

Bar Mordecai Toronto

Furnished with couches and a fireplace, the space was once home to real estate offices.

Bar Mordecai Toronto

The people behind this spot are also behind Bar Mahjong, and collaborated with the same designers at Grey North to pull off this project.

Bar Mordecai Toronto

Mirrors are decorated with anthropomorphic artwork by Sylvie Smith.

Bar Mordecai Toronto

All bread is baked in house, including a crusty, flour sourdough ($5) accompanied by a creamy ricotta for dipping.

Marinated Cerignola olives ($5) have a meaty texture and silky surface, a classy little vessel provided for discarded pits.

Bar Mordecai Toronto

Lamb ribs ($14) are a more substantial snack, incredibly fatty with a crusty coating and scattered with a blend of herbs, presented stacked up next to a thick swipe of tangy house yogurt.

Bar Mordecai Toronto

A white bean salad ($12) is a crunchy, lighter-feeling option with sprouted lentil and a white balsamic vinaigrette.

Bar Mordecai Toronto

The fried mortadella sandwich ($7) is a miniature bomb of salt and fat, on a puffy bun with fontina and ball park mustard, served with a little skewer of very sour house pickles.

Bar Mordecai Toronto

A trio of finger sandwiches ($9) made with spongy house bread have textbook fillings of smoked salmon, egg salad and cucumber.

Bar Mordecai Toronto

Oxtail tortellini ($16) gives a nice light touch to a normally heavy meat, pairing it with celeriac and a delicate brodo (broth).

Bar Mordecai Toronto

A gimlet ($14) is part of a list of Mordecai Classics, a very simple marriage of Plymouth gin and "Rose's Lime," a tart sort of cordial.

Bar Mordecai Toronto

A dirty martini ($16) is similarly stripped down to the essentials of Grey Goose, vermouth and brine for a clean, satiny take on tradition, garnished with a single squeaky olive.

Bar Mordecai Toronto

A Caesar ($13) puts a twist on the iconic cocktail by pairing aquavit, tequila and “umami sauce with the usual Clamato and lime, accompanying the usual stalk of celery with a skewer of house pickles.

A selection of highballs includes a spritz, michelada and Long Island Iced Tea. There's also beer on draft and in cans and bottles, as well as a curated wine menu.

Bar Mordecai Toronto

The space also encompasses a downstairs cocktail lounge concept equipped with private karaoke rooms.

Bar Mordecai Toronto

Photos by

Hector Vasquez


Bar Mordecai

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