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COMMUNAL DINNER: Turkish Manti | Tuba Tunç

July 7, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Depanneur + The Bentway Communal Dinners 2022
Family-style communal dining in a unique urban setting

THU Jul 7 • Strachan Gate at The Bentway • 6pm

Pre-order online until TUE July 5, 10pm

Turkey has an ancient culinary tradition stretching back to the very beginnings of Western civilization. From these deep roots the Ottomans developed a sophisticated and aristocratic cuisine based on ingredients and influences pulled from an empire that stretched from North Africa across the Middle East and into Greece and the Balkans. The flavours of contemporary Turkish food emerge from this mix of cultures and traditions, and shine in Chef Tuba Tunç’s selection of traditional Turkish dishes.

A classic summer meze (starter) in Turkey, a cool and refreshing mix of smoky roasted eggplant, roasted peppers, tomato, garlic, lemon, and olive oil, garnished with parsley and served with with pita chips.

Spinach & Feta Borek
The quintessential savoury Turkish treat, delicate & flaky yufka dough (a paper thin pastry that’s a little thicker than phyllo) is wrapped around a luscious filling of spinach, feta, ricotta and caramelized onions, enriched with eggs and yogurt, and generously glazed with melted butter before being baked until golden.

Manti (beef –or– veg)
An ancient Turkic dish that can be found in various forms along the full length of the Silk Road from Mongolia to Anatolia, Korea to Afghanistan — Turkey alone boasts 15 officially recognized versions. The ancestor of stuffed pastas like tortellini, Turkish manti are comprised of a thin, olive oil and egg-enriched wheat dough hand-formed into little bundles stuffed with either beef or lentils mixed with onions and spices. The little dumplings are first baked to dry them, and then boiled before being served with a garlicky yogurt sauce, lashings of paprika-infused butter, sumac, crumbled dry mint, and ruby-red dusting of dried urfa & chili peppers.

Labneh & Plum Cheesecake Cups
And elegant modern take on classic Turkish flavours. Crumbled hazelnut cookies and butter make a rich crumbly base that supports a luxurious mix of labneh (strained yogurt cheese), milk, eggs, sugar and vanilla, topped with a tart summer plum compote.

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


Tuba Tunç was a marketing professional in Istanbul for 10 years, but her true passion has always been cooking. Through countless dinner parties for friends and family, she came to realize that she needed to follow this passion and turn it into a career. Since graduating from the Culinary Management Program at George Brown College, she has worked in various positions at restaurants including managing Anatolia, one of the oldest Turkish Restaurants in Toronto. Tuba has recently founded LokumEats, where she showcases Turkish & Ottoman cuisine, as well as her take on international cuisines.

lokumeats.com | IG: @lokumeats

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 7, 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