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 Nov. 2 to Dec. 25, Baba Kevin's is offering a hickory-smoked holiday turkey with stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, "Grandma's famous gravy," 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 buffet at its Fuxing location on Nov. 24 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The meal comes with Turkey, Cajun Seafood Boil, mashed potatoes, stuffing, roast vegetables, soup, salad, gravy, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, and an alcoholic beverage. For reservations or takeaway meals, call (02) 2547-5050.
The Adlon ($)
Taipei's famous expat hangout formerly known as Carnegies and now named The Adlon will be offering a Thanksgiving lunch from Nov. 24-27 and a dinner from Nov. 24 to 27 that will include roasted butternut squash soup or Ceasar 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 pan gravy. It will be topped off by Key Lime Pie or a chocolate brownie for dessert.
On Tap ($)
On Tap will be offering a three-course turkey dinner 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 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. 24-27 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 coffee or tea. Call (02) 2921-1367.
(Bald Fatty Bistro photo)
Ed's Diner ($$$$)
From Nov. 24-26, Ed's Diner is offering a USA-quality 8-pound turkey set meal for eat-in or take-away. Turkeys must be ordered at least 48 hours in advance. Tables can be booked at this website, while takeout can be ordered here.
(Ed's Diner image)
Palais de Chine Hotel Taipei ($$$$)
The Palais de Chine Hotel in Taipei will be offering a deluxe Thanksgiving basket from Nov. 1 to Dec. 28 that includes a 5-kilogram turkey, cranberry sauce, eight-flavor stuffing, grilled mixed vegetables, corn on the cob, pumpkin pie, French pecan pie, mixed nut bread, and a bottle of Italian wine. Call (02) 2181-9999 to order a Thanksgiving basket.
(Palais de Chine Hotel Taipei photo)
Sheraton Grand Hotel ($$$$)
From Nov. 14 to Dec. 28, Sheraton Grand Hotel will offer turkey baskets featuring roast turkey or roast beef paired with delicious sides. Orders must be placed three days before the pickup date. Call (02) 2321-1818 to place an order.
(Sheraton Grand Taipei Hotel photo)
amba TAIPEI SONGSHAN ($$$$)
The Buttermilk restaurant in amba Taipei Zhongshan will be serving a Thanksgiving dinner with roasted turkey and all the trimmings from Nov. 10-24. The restaurant is providing diners with the option of celebrating Thanksgiving from the comfort of their own homes with a Thanksgiving Gift Basket, which feeds up to six people. For reservations, call (02) 2565-2898.
The Courtyard Taipei ($$$$)
From Oct. 21 to Dec 25, The Courtyard Taipei is offering its New Orleans Roast Turkey package. Call (02) 6615-6565 x 5802 to place an order.
(Courtyard Taipei photo)
Cooking Your Own Turkey
Costco ($$$$) and Thomas Meat ($$$) sell whole turkeys. However, they sell out rapidly as Thanksgiving approaches, so hurry before it's too late!