TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- For those who long to enjoy a Christmas dinner this year in Taipei, Taiwan News has created a list of restaurants, bars and hotels that offer either dine in opportunities or turkey hampers for carry out.
Many places require reservations in advance, so one should move quickly before all the spots are gobbled up as Christmas Day nears.
Prices for such meals vary greatly from one establishment to another, in the list of venues below the approximate cost for a Christmas dinner will be indicated by the number of dollar signs in parenthesis: ($) NT$490-$799; ($$) NT$800-$999; ($$$) NT$1,000-$2,000 ($$$$) NT$2,001+
Taipei's famous expat hangout Carnegies will be offering a Christmas Dinner from Dec. 21 to Dec. 25 that will include spinach soup, English shrimp garden salad for starters and a main course that includes a choice between traditional English roast turkey or roast beef. This will be topped off with a choice of dessert of either traditional Christmas pudding or red velvet cake. For reservations, call 02-2325-4433.
Bald Fatty Bistro ($)
The colorfully named Bald Fatty Bistro will have a Christmas dinner from Dec. 21 - 25 that includes cream of wild mushroom soup and Christmas salad with celery seed yogurt dressing, followed by the main course which is a choice between USDA Choice Sirloin Steak or roasted turkey. The turkey comes with mashed potatoes, stuffing, candied yams, walnuts, green beans, cranberry sauce, and gravy. Dessert is chocolate banana bread pudding with custard sauce. The beverage included is Christmas fruit tea.
Brass Monkey ($$)
Brass Monkey will have both Christmas dinner and lunch menus from Dec. 19 - 25 that will include a welcome glass of sparkling wine, a choice of cream of tomato & basil soup or Caesar salad, traditional roast turkey, roast Chipolata sausages, stuffing, roast potatoes, mashed potatoes, Brussels sprouts, peas & carrots, bread sauce, cranberry sauce, and gravy. For dessert, one can choose between Christmas pudding & brandy cream sauce or chocolate & vanilla ice cream with strawberries. For reservations, call 02-2547-5050.
Jake's Country Kitchen ($$)
The photo below shows this year's Christmas Dinner that will be available at Jake's Country Kitchen from Dec. 22 to Dec. 25. It will include Turkey, mashed potatoes with gravy, stuffing, broccoli with cheese sauce, cranberry sauce, soup, salad, hot roll, dessert, and drinks.
On Tap ($$)
On Tap will be offering a Christmas dinner from Dec. 22 - 26 that will include the soup of the day and a roast turkey dinner that includes roast potatoes, pigs-in-blankets, stuffing, carrots, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, bread sauce, cranberry sauce, and gravy. Dessert includes a choice of home-made fruit cake with rum sauce or chocolate brownies with ice cream. There is a choice of a glass of wine or English ale for the beverage. For reservations, call 02-2741-5365.
O'Steak Taipei ($$$)
O'Steak Taipei French bistro is offering a festive season menu, including Parma Ham Melon Roll or Burgundy Style Garlic Escargot, Classic Caesar Salad or Lobster & Poached Egg Salad, French Onion Soup or Truffle Mushroom Soup, Salmon Filet with Poached Egg, Normandy Rosemary Spring Chicken or 8oz Beef Rossini, and for dessert Rose Apple Tart or Chocolate Mousse or Chef Special crème brûlée. The beverage includes a choice of Kir Royal or a Mocktail.
Three Leafs ($$$)
Three Leafs will be providing a Christmas dinner special on Dec. 24 and 25 that will include Serrano ham, pear, pomegranate salad, Cauliflower soup, Crispy pork belly, apple jam, spicy mustard, Truffle ravioli with scallop, Grilled Short Rib with mole sauce, and Chocolate Zeppoli. For reservations contact them on FB messenger or LINE@xjw0015y.
Jake's Country Kitchen hampers ($$$$)
Jake's also offers Turkey hampers to go that include a whole Turkey with stuffing, gravy, and cranberry sauce.
Ed's Diner ($$$$)
To celebrate Christmas, Ed's Diner is offering a USA quality 12-14 lb turkey slow roasted in the BBQ oven and a complementary cranberry or sweet potato pie. For eat in or take-away. Turkeys must be ordered at least 48 hours in advance.
Miramar Garden Hotel ($$$$)
The Miramar Garden Hotel is launching a Thanksgiving/Christmas turkey gift box from Nov. 12 to Dec. 25 that includes roasted turkey, passion fruit jam, cream of mushroom sauce, grapefruit cream sauce, sauerkraut braised in French red wine. Interested parties call the order hotline at (02)8772-8800 ext. 2311.
Hotel Royal Nikko Taipei ($$$-$$$$)
Hotel Royal Nikko Taipei is offering both a Christmas dinner and a turkey hamper on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
The hotel's Le Café buffet-style restaurant will feature a special turkey dinner on Christmas Eve that will be complemented with a chef's special appetizer and healthy fruit and vegetable smoothie.
The turkey hamper includes a cilantro-roasted turkey, salad with Japanese dressing, chef special gravy, cranberry sauce, mixed vegetables, baked potato, French bread, pumpkin pie, and four canelés for dessert.
Photo of Hotel Royal Nikko Taipei Turkey hamper.
Sheraton Grand Hotel ($$$$)
Starting Nov. 1 and running through Christmas Day, the Sheraton Grand Hotel will offer Turkey baskets, featuring roast turkey or roast beef paired with delicious sides. Full payment for preorders made before Nov.30 will receive a 10% discount. Please order 3 days in advance of pick-up date.
The Sherwood Taipei ($$$$)
The Sherwood Taipei is offering TOSCANA Italian Restaurant’s gift hamper that includes roasted turkey, the Chef's special gravy, cranberry sauce, other fixings.
amba TAIPEI SONGSHAN ($$$$)
From Dec. 22 to Dec. 25, Que restaurant on level 17 of the amba Taipei Songshan will be serving a Christmas dinner which features grilled natural US ribeye, fresh shucked oysters, and Boston lobster. For reservations, call 2-2653-2899.
Cooking Your Own Turkey
Costco ($$$$) and Thomas Meat ($$$) sell whole turkeys, however, they sell out rapidly as Christmas approaches, so hurry before it's too late!
KP Kitchen offers a number of ingredients for a DIY Christmas meal, including cornbread mix, gingerbread cookie mix, pumpkin spice, and more. Their deadline for orders is Dec. 18.