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COMMUNAL DINNER: Filipino Kamayan | Maria Polotan

July 21, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Depanneur + The Bentway Communal Dinners 2022
Family-style dining in a unique urban setting, Communal Dinners are seated, family-style meals, served and shared at 10 tables of 6, where you bring your own plates and cutlery.

THU Jul 21 • Strachan Gate at The Bentway • 6pm

Pre-order online until TUE July 19, 10pm

Kamayan is a Tagalog word that translates to “by hand” and refers to a traditional Filipino style of eating—communally, and without plates or utensils. A typical kamayan meal features a table covered in banana leaves which is then artfully arranged with a variety of traditional Filipino dishes served rice, condiments and garnishes. Join Maria Polotan of Mama Linda’s for the unique culinary experience of kamayan, showcasing the flavours and traditions of Filipino cuisine.

Kinilaw na Pusong Saging
Banana hearts, the tender centre of the flower of the banana palm, are a popular Filipino delicacy similar to artichoke hearts. In this dish, thin slices of blanched banana hearts are prepared in the style of kinilaw, a dish similar to ceviche, with a tart, acidic dressing of coconut vinegar, lime juice, shallots and ginger, finished off with coconut cream.

Ginataang Manok (chicken) –or– Ginataang Sitaw at Kalabasa (vegetarian)
Chicken or long bean and Asian squash simmered in a rich coconut broth flavoured with garlic, ginger, onion, and lemongrass.

Ensaladang Talong
A salad of grilled Asian eggplant, tomatoes, green onions in a lime-honey-ginger dressing

An Ilonggo dish from the Western Philippines, this dish of kangkong (water spinach) is prepared with traditional adobo flavours of garlic, coconut vinegar, soy sauce, bay leaf and black pepper.

A tangy pickle of green papaya, carrot, onion, garlic, and ginger.

This meal will be served kamayan-style, on banana leaves, with a mix of white & brown rices, and a selection of condiments like cilantro chutney and crispy garlic.
Note: food will be served communally on the tables with serving utensils, and guests are asked to served themselves onto their own plates

Maja Blanca
A light, delicate custard of young coconut juice and meat, coconut milk, corn, milk, sugar, and cornstarch.

Meat, Vegetarian or 1/2+1/2
Filipino Kamayan Dinner
$69 for 2  • $129 for 4  • for 6 $189


Maria Lourdes Polotan grew up in a family where food played a central part on how life was celebrated; the kitchen was where the family congregated and her mother presided. Maria has begun to share sharing her passion for food by cooking for others through her catering project Mama Linda’s, offering traditional Filipino home cooking with quality local ingredients at pop-up events, catering and at Withrow Park Farmers’ Market in the summer. @mamalindasto

Pay It Forward

At check out, you will be given the opportunity to contribute towards our Pay It Forward program to create fresh meals for the The Fort York-Spadina Community Care Program. For every Pay It Forward meal purchased, The Depanneur and The Bentway will match funds to provide a second meal to double the impact of your generosity.

2022 Communal Dinner FAQs


July 21, 2022
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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The Depanneur


The Bentway
250 Fort York Blvd.
Toronto, Ontario M5V 3K9 Canada
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(416) 304-0222