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COMMUNAL DINNER: Indonesian Rijsttafel | Elita Rocka

August 11, 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 Aug 11 • Strachan Gate at The Bentway • 6pm

Pre-order online until TUE Aug 9, 10pm

Dutch for “rice table,” rijsttafel is part of the Dutch-Indonesian colonial heritage, a meal for festive occasions to be enjoyed with family or friends. It consists of serving many small Indonesian dishes, revolving around rice, to be shared with the whole table. Tonight Chef Elita from Nai Nai Indonesian Food curates an exquisite selection of the diverse and delicious dishes from Indonesia’s many cultures and culinary traditions.

Gado-gado is a popular Sundanese dish that masterfully combines slightly sweet, spicy, and savory flavours. A kind of composed salad, it consists of blanched vegetables, boiled potatoes, long bean and chayote, fried tofu and hard-boiled eggs drizzled with justly famous Indonesian peanut sauce.

Nasi Kuning
In Indonesia, nasi kuning (turmeric rice) is a dish traditionally served during celebrations, where its golden color is a symbol of good fortune. It is often stuffed into a cone-shape mold to make the centerpiece of a ceremonial nasi tumpeng plate in the Javanese slamatan celebration, a communal feast symbolizing social unity.

Sate Ayam (chicken)
Sate (aka satay) is maybe the best known and most beloved of all Indonesian dishes. Small skewers of chicken are marinated overnight with chili, ginger, turmeric, herbs and sweet soy sauce, before being grilled and served with peanut sauce
Telur Balado
Originating from Northern Sumatra (Padang or Minang), this humble dish takes hard-boiled eggs, deep-fries them until golden and slightly crispy on the outside, and then simmeres them in a flavourful sauce of red chili peppers, tomatoes, and garlic.
Sate Tempe (vegetarian)
A plant-based version of satay made with tempeh, a dense cake of fermented soybeans that originates in Indonesia, that picks up a delicious smoky flavor as it grilled.
Jamur Balado
Shitake mushroom simmered in a spicy chili pepper, tomatoes, and garlic sauce.

Buncis Tumis
Fresh green beans, simply stir-fried with garlic, salt, sugar and spicy sambal.

Acar Timun
A tart and refreshing Indonesian pickle made with fresh cucumber, carrots, fresh green chilies, shallots and seasoned with white vinegar, salt, and sugar.

Es Teler
Es teler (tipsy ice) is a rich and luxurious Indonesian fruit cocktail, with avocado, coconut meat, grass jelly, jackfruit and other fruits, served with luscious sauce coconut milk, sweetened condensed milk, fragrant pandan leaf, and hint of salt.


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



Chef Elita learned her craft from several generations of family chefs; her grandmother founded a popular noodle restaurant in Central Jakarta that has been a local staple for over 3 decades, and now owns a noodle factory in Indonesia. Her Mother continued the restaurant business with Elita at her hip. Those indelible experiences have inspired Elita to bring her own authentic Indonesian meals to Toronto. As a food entrepreneur, she has catered for the Indonesian embassy and has recently launched NaiNai Noodles, an Indonesian noodle bar and take out restaurant on King St. W.
IG @nainai.noodles | nainainoodles.com

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


August 11, 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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