For those of you who long to enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner including turkey with all the fixings in Taipei, Taiwan News has created a list of 20 restaurants and hotels that offer either dine in opportunities or Thanksgiving hampers for carry out. Many places require reservations in advance, so you'll need to move quickly before all the spots are gobbled up as Turkey Day nears.
Prices for such meals vary greatly from one establishment to another, in the list of venues below the approximate cost for a Thanksgiving spread will be indicated by the number of dollar signs in parenthesis: ($) NT$490-$799; ($ $) NT$800-$999; ($$$) NT$1,000-$2,000 ($$$$) NT$2,001+
Pig & Pepper ($)
Pig & Pepper will be providing Thanksgiving specials for lunch and dinner from Nov. 24 - 25 and dinner on Nov. 26. P&P's Thanksgiving lunch special will include sweet potato cream soup and a choice of herb roasted turkey or pan roasted pork chops; both entrees come with stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and a choice of black tea or coffee. A kid's meal is also available that includes mash potatoes and gravy, balsamic mushrooms, cream corn, Caesar salad, classic mac and cheese, and cornbread and apple butter. The choices for dessert include warm apple crisp, pumpkin flan, Zeppoli, sticky fig toffee cake, and Madagascar vanilla bean cheesecake.
Taipei's famous expat hangout Carnegies will be offering a Thanksgiving meal from Nov. 21 - 25 that will include appetizers of clam chowder and Caesar salad, followed by a main course of roast turkey, cornbread stuffing, orange carrots, green beans, honey sweet potatoes, caramelized onion and mashed potatoes. It will be topped off with a pumpkin cheesecake with ginger crust and caramel sauce for dessert. The Thanksgiving special will be included on both lunch and dinner menus until Friday, November 25th.
Corner Office ($)
From Nov. 24 - 25, Corner Office will be offering individual set meals that will include Turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, sauteed mix vegetables, stuffing, cranberry sauce, cornbread, pumpkin pie, and one glass of red or white wine. A family meal version is also being offered for 8 to 10 people.
Whalen's will be doing two Thanksgiving services with one on Nov. 24 at 7:30 p.m. and the other on Nov. 27 at 5 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. The menu will included roasted garlic and cauliflower soup, turkey, mashed potatoes, root vegetables, stuffing, cornbread, cranberry sauce, potato gravy , turkey gravy, and a choice of coffee, tea, or soda. Dessert will include a choice of a pumpkin tart or carrot cake. Add a glass of wine or beer for NT$100. This is a reservation event only, to make reservations call (02)-2739-3037.
The Shack Pizza ($)
Shack Pizza's "Epic Meal" will be available from Nov. 23 - 27. An all-you-can-eat buffet dinner will be available starting at six p.m. from Nov. 23 - 25, while Thanksgiving meals will be available at both 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. from Nov. 26-27. Kids 2 years old and under can partake for free.
On Tap ($)
On Tap will be offering a 3-course Turkey dinner at its Thanksgiving party on Nov. 24 that will include the homemade soup of the day, roast turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, green beans, corn-on-the-cob, gravy, cranberry sauce, home-baked corn bread, homemade pumpkin pie, and choice of a serving of wine, beer or soft drink. American music, sports, movies and TV shows we be playing the bar's screens. A 50% deposit is required for all dinner reservations.
Bald Fatty Bistro ($)
The colorfully named Bald Fatty Bistro will have a Thanksgiving special from Nov. 24 - 25 that will include pumpkin soup, chef's salad, roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, candied yam, walnut green beans, cranberry sauce, and gravy. Dessert will include candy-pecan pumpkin pie, which can be washed down with Hampstead Organic Tea. Call (02)2921-1367.
Grandma Nitti's Kitchen ($$)
Grandma Nitti's will have a Thanksgiving special on November 24, but reservations but be submitted by Nov. 22. The Thanksgiving special will include pumpkin soup, crab cakes salad, roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and a choice of red or white wine. Dessert options include pumpkin pie or apple crumble with ice cream and your choice of coffee or tea.
Jake's Country Kitchen ($$$)
Turkey and pumpkin pie are actually available for take out or dining in all year round at Jake's Country Kitchen. The photo below shows this year's Thanksgiving spread that will be available from Nov. 24 to 27.
Ed's Diner ($$$$)
Starting from Nov. 22, Ed's Diner is offering a USA quality 12-14lb turkey and a complementary cranberry or sweet potato pie. for eat in or take-away. Turkeys must be ordered at least 48 hours in advance.
Here are a few other restaurants offering Thanksgiving meals.
The Brass Monkey ($)
The Brass Monkey will have a Thanksgiving Dinner menu at both its Fuxing and Xinyi locations on Nov. 24 and 25 from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. The meal comes with a choice of Butternut Squash Soup or Butternut Squash Salad, Roast Turkey with Stuffing, Roast Sweet Potatoes, Creamy Mashed Potato, Glazed Carrots, Green Bean Casserole, Cranberry Sauce & Turkey Gravy. For dessert, there is Pumpkin Pie with Fresh Whipped Cream or Vanilla Ice Cream with Strawberries. It also includes a Glass of Red or White Wine / Soft Drink or Samuel Adams Boston Lager
Texas Roadhouse ($)
Texas Roadhouse will be running a Thanksgiving turkey set menu from Nov. 22 to Nov. 24. The mean will include a choice of soup or salad, which the salad a choice between a seasonal selection or a house salad. The main course will include turkey, stuffing, butter corn, broccoli, mashed potatoes, gravy, and cranberry sauce. There is also the choice of one alcohol-free drink.
From Nov. 24 - Nov. 25, DV8 will be offering a Thanksgiving menu that will include a garden salad, oven roasted turkey, cornbread, sausage dressing, glazed ham with homemade mustard, green bean casserole, buttery mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, gravy, and pumpkin pie.
Yiamas Greek Taverna ($)
Though not normally a Greek holiday, Yiamas Greek Taverna will be offering their so-called "Greek Thanksgiving Dinner," which will include a shrimp-dill bisque chowder, turkey with cornbread, stuffing, green bean casserole, roasted garlic corn, creamy mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry-orange sauce. For dessert, there will be a Pumpkin Galaktoboureko Pie.
Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Taipei
Starting on November 4th, Shangri-La Taipei will offer Turkey takeout baskets that include a 5.5 kg Turkey, stuffing , apple chutney, cranberry sauce, chestnuts, Brussels sprouts, and ginger snap gravy. This basket will serve 8 to 10 persons. For orders or more information call (886 2)2378-8888 ext. 6867.
Palais de Chine Hotel Taipei ($$$$)
The Palais de Chine Hotel in Taipei will be offering a deluxe Thanksgiving basket from Nov. 10 - 24 includes a 6 kg turkey, cranberry sauce, eight flavor stuffing, grilled mixed vegetables, corn on the cob, pumpkin pie, French pecan pie, mixed nut bread, and a bottle of Italian wine.
Sheraton Grand Hotel ($$$$)
From Nov. 14 until Dec. 31, the Sheraton Grand Hotel will offer Turkey baskets baskets, featuring roast turkey or roast beef paired with delicious sides. Full payment for preorders made before Nov.30 will receive a 10% discount. Please order 3 days in advance of pick-up date.
Miramar Garden Hotel ($$$$)
The Miramar Garden Hotel is launching a Thanksgiving/Christmas turkey gift box that includes roasted turkey, passion fruit jam, cream of mushroom sauce, grapefruit cream sauce, sauerkraut braised in French red wine. Interested parties call the order hotline at (02)8772-8800 ext. 2311.
The Regent will be offering the choice of roasted turkey basted with Lebanese oil or American rib eye beef with all the trimmings. A complimentary bottle of red wine and French baguette is included for orders before Christmas Day.
The Sherwood Taipei ($$$$)
The Sherwood Taipei is offering a Thanksgiving gift hamper that includes roasted turkey, cranberry sauce, gravy, pumpkin/cranberry muffins and other fixings.
amba TAIPEI SONGSHAN ($$$$)
Que restaurant on level 17 of the amba Taipei Songshan will be serving a Thanksgiving dinner with roasted turkey and all the trimmings from Nov. 24 - 27. Or, celebrate Thanksgiving from the comfort of your own home with Que's Thanksgiving Gift Basket that will feed up to eight people. For reservations, call (02)-2653-2899.
Grand Mayfull Hotel Taipei ($$$$)
The Grand Mayfull Hotel will be serving a turkey dinner buffet From Nov. 17 - 24. Call (02)7722-3395 for more information.
The Westin Taipei ($$$$)
The Westin is offering it's "Classic Roast Turkey Package" gift box, which includes a low-fat 6.5 kg turkey marinated in a lemon pepper sauce for 48 hours and all the fixings. A roast chicken and duck package is also available. It's order hotline is (02)3518-3158.
Courtyard is offering the same gift box options as The Westin. Call (02)6615-6565 ext.5802 to place an order.
Cooking Your Own Turkey
Costco ($$$$) and Thomas Meat ($$$) sell whole turkey's however, they sell out rapidly as Thanksgiving approaches, so hurry before it's too late!