The best turkey dinner options for 2015
When I decided to move to Hong Kong, I confess the thought of missing a home-cooked Thanksgiving meal brought upon an acute sense of sadness. Thanksgiving for us Americans — and Canadians, too! — is probably the highest calorie-consuming day of the year. But this gravy-drenched holiday is about a lot more than just food. Thanksgiving is about coming together with friends and foe—I mean, family, to celebrate all we have to be thankful for. This year, I am thankful for all the Thanksgiving dinner options Hong Kong has to offer.
We all have a lot to be thankful for beyond gravy and giblets, so whether or not you hail from North America, you too can gobble up succulent slices of turkey, moist bites of stuffing, heaps of mashed potatoes and, of course, a slice (or two) of pie.
A Take-Home Feast with Feast
Drawing Room Concepts is claiming they have the juiciest turkey in town, so we’re definitely interested. Their secret is brining in the turkey in apple cider overnight before cooking it…okay, twist my arm! I’ll have it. Besides a juicy turkey, Feast’s full Thanksgiving menu also includes two options for potatoes and pies — choosing which one will probably be a harder decision than whether or not to go back for thirds. To cover it all off, the turkey comes with a bourbon cider gravy. You had me at hello. As an added bonus, Feast partnered with Cuvees who have suggested wine pairings that can be included in your order. Bottoms up!
SPECIAL SASSY OFFER
Sassy Girls will receive 15% off turkey bookings… simply mention Sassy for the deal! Happy Turkey Day!
When: 10 October – 29 November. Orders need to be placed and paid for at least four working days in advance and can either be picked up at Isono in PMQ for free or delivered right to your doorstep for $300.
How much: Full dinners are priced at $1,688 (7-10 people) and $2,688 (11-16 people). However, ordering individual turkeys or pies is also an option.
To make arrangements for your Feast, call +852 3468 3789 or e-mail [email protected].
Fresh and Honest Cooking at Fish & Meat
Fish & Meat are going all out this Thanksgiving with an awesome ‘bronze’ turkey – they deserve a gold ranking (har har). This classic turkey comes with a side of Italian sausage, foie gras, cranberry and turkey gravy for those seeking a more upscale, elegant meal. We love the rustic farmhouse decor at this conveniently located Central spot, perfect for celebrating with family and friends. Look out for other delicious turkey deals at Maximals other restaurants including Blue Butcher, Mott 32 and Limewood.
When: 26 November – 30 December
How much: Prices vary. E-mail [email protected] to place your order at least 48-hours in advance.
Dan Ryan’s 4-Course Turkey Dash
Who’s got the yams?! Hailing from Chicago, the heart of the American Midwest, all Dan Ryan’s locations are offering a four-course Thanksgiving dinner for either dine-in or take out. Their menu will feature family-styled recipes reminiscent of your Grandma’s secret-ingredient dishes (but don’t tell her that!).
When: 26 November, around 10-11 a.m. until midnight
Where:All Dan Ryan’s Chicago Grills (Pacific Place, Ocean Terminal and Festival Walk)
How much: $398 for adults, $208 for kids.
Did I say Americans love Thanksgiving? Well, at Stone Nullah Tavern Thanksgiving is a religion (their words, not mine, but I trust them). If you’re looking for some all-American, classic Southern-styled cooking, go no further. In true American fashion, this Thanksgiving feast is all-you-can-eat and stuffed with a broccolini & cheese casserole, pork fat-roasted potatoes, and biscuits. Bonus: choose between a traditional roasted turkey or go Southern Fried Turkey. Yee-haw!
When: 26-27 November
Where: Stone Nullah Tavern, G/F, 69 Stone Nullah Lane, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How much: HK$548/head for an all-you-can-eat family-style menu. And for an additional HK$198 enjoy free-flow PBR’s, Wine, and House Spirits with Mixers!
To make reservations, please call 3182 0128 or e-mail [email protected].
Traditional Turkey Days at the Mandarin
We have to hand it to the Mandarin Oriental this year. Not only will The Mandarin Cake Shop offer take-away ‘Thanksgiving Hampers’ with a full 7kg or 10kg turkey (or ham), stuffing, cranberry sauce, gravy and trimming bonanza ($2,088), but five of their restaurants are offering Thanksgiving specials this November. Head to the michelin-star Mandarin Bar + Grill for an indulgent Thanksgiving dinner special for $1,688 per person, or keep it more casual at Clipper Lounge with a Thanksgiving buffet for $588 per person. Alternatively there’s Café Causette with lunch specials and a dinner buffet for $568 and the The Chinnery joins in on all the fun just on the 26th with lunch and dinner specials.
When: 23 – 26 November (Clipper Lounge and Café Causette), 26 November (The Chinnery, Mandarin Bar + Grill), 16 November – 1 December (The Mandarin Cake Shop)
Where: See all Mandarin Oriental restaurant locations here.
How much: $568 (Café Causette), $588 (Clipper Lounge), $1,688 (Mandarin Bar + Grill), $2,088 (Thanksgiving Hamper from The Mandarin Cake Shop).
“Real American Portions” and Family-Fun at Common Room
Common Room is offering a one-night-only and and family-friendly Thanksgiving dinner on T-Day. Bring the whole family down for a fuss-free, classic Thanksgiving experience. Don’t worry, they’re still promising “Real American Portions”, so they’ll be more than enough to take home for leftovers! They also offer a kiddo-friendly menu of turkey meatloaf, mac and cheese and green bean casserole.
When: 26 November, 6pm – 10pm
Where: Common Room, 1/F Wo On Building, 8-12 Wo On Lane, Central, Hong Kong
How much: $598 (full menu), $198 (children’s menu). To purchase tickets, please e-mail [email protected].
Smokey business at 85 South
If you’re looking for a mouthwateringly good turkey to sate your Thanksgiving appetite for the next year, then 85 South has got to be on your hit list. Marinated in their signature honey brine, the turkey is then smoked “to perfection” with hickory wood chips. Choose from a 14 lbs smoked turkey or a beastly 20 lbs, with just stuffing and gravy or with the whole shebang (that includes their indulge Mac ‘N’ Cheese, mashed potato and green beans too). Known for their authentic North Carolina-style BBQ, 85 South is definitely a go-to option if you’re looking for delicious Southern flavours… get some south in yo mouth!
When: From now ’til the end of the year
Where: 85 South, 6 – 10 Kau U Fong, Central, Hong Kong
How much: From $1,500 – $2,500. Email [email protected] for more info and to make orders.
Sunday’s Grocery Super Supper
Sunday’s is cooler than cool, and has been serving up delicious fried chicken, sarnies, sake and whiskey in Kennedy Town for a while now, and they sure know how to do Thanksgiving. They’ve teamed up with CRFT-PIT for a specially curated Thanksgiving delivery feast that is sure to fill up you and six of your friends of family. It includes a CRFT-PIT herb rubbed smoked turkey and literally all the trimmings. We’re talking giblet gravy, stuffing with CRFT-PIT sausage and sage, cranberry sauce with orange confit, brussel sprouts, mashed potato, sweet potato, mixed green salad, Bread Element rolls and Cookie Boy apple pie cookies for dessert… phew!
When: Available 26, 27, 28 November for delivery
Where: Sunday’s Grocery, 66-68 Catchick Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong
How much: $1,888 (food only). Order here.
Turkey Talk and Take-Home with Chef Fucho of the Four Seasons
The Four Season’s Executive Chef Herve Fucho knows a thing or two about turkeys, and he’s going to let you in on a few secrets. On 21 November, 20 turkey enthusiasts can spend the morning with Chef Fucho learning how to make THE perfect turkey (juicy inside, crispy on the outside… just like a great french fry) and creative ways to reinvent all those leftovers, which are probably the greatest part of Thanksgiving and the best argument for opting to cook at home. Class will be dismissed for a pre-Turkey Day turkey lunch.
When: 21 November, 11am.
Where: Four Seasons Hotel, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong
How much: $1,488. To reserve a space, please e-mail [email protected] or call +852 3196 8319. Even if you cannot make the class, a take-home turkey dinner is available for pre-order until 20 November that will feed 8-10 people for HK$1980. Please order at least four days in advance by contacting [email protected].
Magnolia’s Stacked Turkey Line-Up
If you haven’t tried out Magnolia’s Private Dining experience for yourself yet, nows your chance! Their turkey-dinner is so hot it’s already fully booked for the official big day, but don’t worry, you can still book for November 24, 25 and 27 for $485 per person. We’re even more excited for their stacked turkey line-up available for take-out from 14 November – 31 December. Choose from the special “Magnolia Turkey”, which is injected with a blend of cajun spices for those with more ‘adventurous’ palates, the standard roast turkey, which is simply rubbed with Cajun seasoning, or smoked turkey, a great alternative for people who like the smokey flavour that is usually associated with hams. They also have hams, bone-in and spiral-cut, and an assortment of pies.
When: 24, 25, 27 November
Where: Shop 5, G/F, 17 Po Yan Street, Sheung Wan.
How much: $485 person. Please contact [email protected] for more details on how to reserve a spot.
Tai Tai Pie Pie’s Sweet Treats
You can’t have Thanksgiving with out a pumpkin or pecan pie! And of course, the pie queens at Tai Tai Pie Pie’s have covered with their selection of scrumptious pies and tarts. They’ve even teamed up with Lily & Ran artisan ice-cream so you can have a cold scoop with your warm pie! Choose from either Single Origin Ugandan Vanilla or Cinnamon ice-cream to go with your fave delicious pie. Order here!