K is for kamayan



A kamayan dinner at Bonifacio Rob Hardin | Columbus Monthly

Bonifacio’s take on traditional family-style Filipino meals, known as kamayan, is one of the most entertaining—and gloriously messy—dining experiences the city has to offer. First, a centerpiece of banana leaves is laid out on a table. Then, mounds of garlic rice are added to the leaves, along with pork belly, eggplant, chicken adobo, sausages and more. Diners use their hands to scoop up the scrumptious meal. When the pandemic hit, the Grandview restaurant even found a way for customers to continue the tradition at home, by smartly packaging all the makings of a kamayan dinner together, complete with instructions—genius.