TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — For those longing for a Thanksgiving dinner in Taipei, including turkey with all the fixings, Taiwan News has created a list of restaurants and hotels that offer either dine-in opportunities or Thanksgiving hampers for carrying out.
Many places require reservations, so move quickly before all the spots are gobbled up as Turkey Day nears.
Prices vary greatly from one establishment to another. In the list below, the approximate cost of a Thanksgiving spread will be indicated by the number of dollar signs in parentheses: $ for NT$490-799, $$ for NT$800-999, $$$ NT$1,000-2,000, and $$$$ for NT$2,001+.
Baba Kevin's American Barbecue ($)
From Oct. 29 to Dec. 25, Baba Kevin's is offering a hickory-smoked holiday turkey with stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, and two sides, including the choice of pumpkin pie.
(Baba Kevin's American Barbecue photo)
Brass Monkey ($)
The Brass Monkey will have a Thanksgiving Dinner menu at its Fuxing location on Nov. 25, 27, and 28 at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. The meal comes with bacon and barley vegetable soup; walnut, pear, and baby spinach salad; roast butternut and feta tartlet; roast dark/white turkey; mashed potatoes; apple and sausage stuffing; roast vegetables; turkey; potato gravy; and cranberry sauce. For dessert, there is pumpkin pie with coffee or tea. The meal also includes a beverage of choice (alcohol or non-alcohol). For reservations or takeaway meals, call (02) 2547-5050.
Taipei's famous expat hangout Carnegies will be offering a Thanksgiving lunch from Nov. 22 to 28 and a dinner from Nov. 25 to 28 that will include clam chowder and Caesar salad as appetizers, followed by a main course of roast turkey, cornbread stuffing, glazed orange carrots, green bean casserole, honey-sweet potatoes, caramelized onions, and mashed potatoes with cranberry sauce and gravy. It will be topped off by pumpkin cheesecake with ginger crust and caramel sauce for dessert.
On Tap ($)
On Tap will be offering a three-course turkey dinner on Nov. 25 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 cornbread, and homemade pumpkin pie, with a choice of wine, beer, or a soft drink. American music, sports, movies, and TV shows will be playing on 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. 25-28 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 Tregothnan tea. Call (02) 2921-1367.
(Bald Fatty Bistro photo)
Texas Roadhouse ($$)
Texas Roadhouse will be running a set menu on Nov. 25. The meal will include a choice of soup and a house salad or seasonal selection salad. The main course will include a rib-eye steak and strawberry cheesecake plus a choice of two of the following: baked potato, sweet potato, steak fries, seasoned rice, fresh vegetables, creamed corn, house salad, Caesar salad, chili, or mashed potatoes and gravy. There is also the choice of red or white wine.
JK STUDIO ($$$)
In collaboration with Top Shelf Games Co., JK STUDIO will have a Thanksgiving dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Nov. 28 dubbed Gobble 'Till You Wobble, which will include a turkey dinner and all the fixings along with a selection of board games. The early bird special is NT$1,200, while entry on the day of the dinner will be NT$1,400.
(JK Studio photo)
Ed's Diner ($$$$)
Starting from Nov. 16 and lasting until Jan. 1, Ed's Diner is offering a USA-quality 12-14 pound turkey slow-roasted in the BBQ oven and complimentary cranberry or sweet potato pie for eat-in or take-away. Turkeys must be ordered at least 48 hours in advance.
(Ed's Diner photo)
Ambassador Hotel Taipei ($$$$)
The Ambassador Hotel Taipei is offering a Thanksgiving hamper from Oct. 26 to Dec. 25, but according to its Facebook page, the meals have already sold out.
Palais de Chine Hotel Taipei ($$$$)
The Palais de Chine Hotel in Taipei will be offering a deluxe Thanksgiving basket from Nov. 1 to Dec. 28 that includes a 6-kilogram turkey, cranberry sauce, eight-flavor stuffing, grilled mixed vegetables, corn on the cob, pumpkin pie, French pecan pie, mixed nut bread, and a bottle of Italian wine. Call (02) 2181-9999 to order a Thanksgiving basket.
(Palais de Chine Hotel Taipei photo)
From Nov. 17 to Dec. 1, the Regent will be offering a series of dinner sets featuring Roast Turkey, Roast Spring Chicken, and Beef Wellington. Guests can also enjoy a selection of classic Thanksgiving desserts such as Pumpkin Pie, Apple Pie, and more. Located on the 2nd floor, Gallery will also be releasing a special cocktail menu. On Nov. 25th, 1F Brasserie will feature a special Thanksgiving menu.
(Regent Taipei photo)
Sheraton Grand Hotel ($$$$)
From Oct. 28 to Dec. 28, the Sheraton Grand Hotel will offer Turkey baskets featuring roast turkey or roast beef paired with delicious sides. Orders must be placed three days before the pickup date. Call (02) 2321-1818 to place an order.
(Sheraton Grand Taipei Hotel photo)
amba TAIPEI SONGSHAN ($$$$)
The Buttermilk restaurant in amba Taipei Songshan will be serving a Thanksgiving dinner with roasted turkey and all the trimmings from Nov. 14-28. The restaurant is providing diners with the option of celebrating Thanksgiving from the comfort of their own homes with a Thanksgiving Gift Basket, which feeds up to six people. For reservations, call (02) 2565-2898.
The Courtyard Taipei ($$$$)
From Nov. 15 to Dec. 28, The Courtyard Taipei is offering a turkey meal. Call (02) 6615-6565 x 5802 to place an order.
(Courtyard by Marriott Taipei photo)
Cooking Your Own Turkey
Costco ($$$$) and Thomas Meat ($$$) sell whole turkeys. However, they sell out rapidly as Thanksgiving approaches, so hurry before it's too late!