Header photo: Thanksgiving at Limewood
As its name suggest, Big Sur is a chilled American-esque spot, so it’s natural that the eatery’s Thanksgiving Family Meal Takeaway ($1,600; serves 6–8; pick up 21–23 November on HK Island, Kowloon or Lantau) features a brined and applewood-smoked turkey from Norbest Ranch in Utah. Sides include sourdough and apple stuffing casserole, roasted heirloom carrot and kale salad, mashed potato with butter, sour cream and Parmesan and three-herb turkey gravy, with pecan pie for dessert. Or you can dine in at Big Sur (22 Staunton Street, SoHo, Central, 2529 3001) for $1,800 per set.
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American brasserie BIZOU would make a lovely option on Thursday, 22 November for its three-course Thanksgiving menu ($448/person). Begin with starter choices of grilled king prawns or seared octopus, then move on to the meaty main – grilled veal ribs, pumpkin and scallop risotto or traditional turkey (surcharge applies).Dessert comes in the form of white chocolate cake or NYC-style cheesecake.
Shop 132, 1/F, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, 2871 0775
A semi-deboned free-range Hunter Valley turkey is the the highlight of the Thanksgiving menu on Thursday, 22 November ($650/person) at Blue, a meat lover’s paradise. To go with the bird, traditional sides include cranberry sauce, gravy, turkey-sage stuffing and roasted garlic mashed potato, plus milk chocolate brioche bread pudding with double chocolate stout ice cream for afters.
108 Hollywood Road, Central, 2613 9286, email@example.com (reservations required at least 24 hours in advance)
Bread & Beast
Not only purveyors of out-of-this-world sandwiches, Bread & Beast also offer creative catering options. Available until the end of November, theirThanksgiving catering menus (starting from $420/person; 10-person minimum; 4-day advance order) showcase inventive East-meets-West dishes like mapo roasted eggplant caprese, turkey with giblet Shaoxing dripping gravy and coriander and Chinese sausage stuffing. Similar dishes can be had on the dine-in Thanksgiving menu ($788 for 2), available from 15–24 November.
3 Swatow Street, Wanchai, 2237 1868, firstname.lastname@example.org (advance booking required)
Dine in style, then dance the night away at restaurant/bar/nightclub Bungalow, where the Thanksgiving menu on Thursday, 22 November ($288 for 2 courses/$348 for 3 courses) comes with a main-course choice of turkey roulade with foie gras and mushroom stuffing, beetroot tagliatelle with lobster bisque, scallop and shrimp or baked truffle macaroni and cheese.
Shop 2, G/F, The Centrium, 60 Wyndham Street, Central, 2623 7868
Get in touch with Burger Circus if you’re in search of a classic pumpkin pie ($188; 48-hour advance order) this November, without which our Thanksgiving would not be complete. Pickup and delivery available.
SoCal-inspired restaurant Commissary’s easy-on-the pocketbook Thanksgiving menu on Thursday, 22 November ($398/person; +$238 for free-flow natural wines) is particularly exciting for us because it will be cooked up by Chef Morgan McGlone of Belles Hot Chicken in Australia, purveyor of some of the most fabulous fried chicken in the world. On the 22nd, it’s a down-home spread showcasing an all-you-can-eat salad bar with the likes of black pepper and buttermilk biscuits with sausage gravy, roast pumpkin with jalapeño and lime and Cobb salad, a carving station with roast turkey, smoked brisket and porchetta, plus sides galore – including the chef’s fried chicken and waffles! – and a selection of desserts such as banana cream pie with salted caramel and triple chocolate fudge brownies.
Shop 405, 4/F, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, 2602 0707
Ap Lei Chau production kitchen CRFT PIT specialises in Southern-style BBQ, and this year, they’re offering a Thanksgiving feast ($2,388 for 1 turkey, 6 sides and 1 dessert; serves 6–8; delivery included) with an East-meets-West twist that can be savoured in the comfort of your own home. We had a sneak peek and fell head over heels in love with the Asian-style turkey smoked with sugar cane and lemongrass, the wonton chip casserole and the smoked loaded baked potatoes with rendang sauce.
Hunter & The Chase
We like the sound of newcomer Hunter & The Chase’s Thanksgiving Sharing Frenzy menu ($588/person; 4-person minimum), available on 22–25 November (for al-fresco dining, choose The Chase). California native chef Felipe Lopez sticks to his roots with dishes like butternut squash salad, ham with roasted pineapple chutney and candied yams and turkey with wild boar stuffing and cranberry sauce.
3/F and 4/F, the L. Place, 139 Queen’s Road Central, Central, 2915 1638
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Hunter Valley turkey is also the centrepiece of laid-back beachside eatery Limewood, this time marinated in achiote. Limewood’s Thanksgiving menu on Thursday, 22 November ($650/person) features the restaurant’s popular cornbread, fried calamari with black garlic mayo, roasted kale, fried potatoes with coriander and lime aioli and sweet potato rum pie – not classic dishes, but sometimes it’s nice to forgo tradition for a delicious change of pace.
Shop 103 and 104, 1/F, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, 2866 8668, email@example.com (reservations required at least 24 hours in advance)
When hosting an at-home festive meal, we always put the Mandarin Oriental at the top of our list for a delicious, reheat-and-eat solution. The MO’s Thanksgiving options include both roast turkey (from $2,928 for 7kg) and honey-glazed ham ($3,088). These are accompanied by sides including stuffing, cranberry sauce, gravy, pumpkin wedges and mashed potato. For dessert, we have our eyes on the salted butter pecan pie ($368). Delivery from $220.
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Inspired by Hong Kongers’ love for Peking duck, Executive Chef Lee Man Sing of glam Chinese restaurant Mott 32 is offering up a whole roasted BBQ free-range turkey served three ways ($1,180) on Thursday, 22 November until stocks last. This beauty of a bird will first be carved tableside and served with pancakes and three homemade sauces: plum and lemon, garlic and the chef’s secret turkey sauce. Next up is the turkey and five-shade salad – fresh fruit and veggies including papaya, dragon fruit, melon, spring onion and red pepper and cashews in a sweet peanut sauce – followed by minced turkey with water chestnut, mushroom and bamboo in lettuce cups.
Basement, Standard Chartered Building, 4–4A Des Voeux Road Central, Central, 2885 8688, firstname.lastname@example.org (reservations required at least 48 hours in advance)
Lan Kwai Fong steakhouse Porterhouse would be a great choice for Thanksgiving celebration, either family style or more intimate. From 18–25 November, there are two festive options up for ordering. Chef Angelo Vecchio’s Italian-influenced Thanksgiving Sharing Feast ($888/person; 8-person minimum; 5 days advance order) includes roasted squash and ginger soup, cherry tomato and burrata, pumpkin risotto with Italian sausage, a grilled seafood platter, whole roasted organic turkey with sides and pumpkin and pecan pie. For those with smaller appetites (and budgets), opt for the five-course Thanksgiving set dinner ($588/person; 3-day advance order) that features roasted squash and ginger soup, USDA Prime beef tartare, pumpkin pennette with Italian sausage, turkey leg roll with trimmings and pumpkin and pecan pie. Turkey is also available for takeaway (5-day advance order; serves 8): traditional roasted organic turkey + sides ($888)/deluxe truffle turkey + sides ($1,088).
7/F, California Tower, 30–32 D’Aguilar Street, LKF, Central, 2522 6366
Three Blind Mice
Foodie fave (and Foodie Forks 2018 winner for Hidden Gem) Three Blind Mice would make for a deliciously quirky Turkey Day outing. Available from 15–25 November, the three-course Thanksgiving set menu ($349/person) includes one complimentary beer (thanks, cheeky chappies). We’re drooling over the Southern fried Louisiana shrimp in the starters selection, then it’s all about the roast turkey with all the trimmings – from sausage and sage stuffing to truffle mac ’n’ cheese – for the main event. There’s only one dessert on the menu, but it’s a good’un: pecan pie.
35 Ship Street, Wanchai, 2447 7793
If you’re in the mood for a juicy steak on Thanksgiving instead of turkey, head to Wolfgang’s from 22–24 November for the four-course Thanksgiving menu ($628/person). You’ll feast on starters of ricotta cheese salad and pumpkin soup, choose between NY sirloin or sous-vide turkey for your main and finish with pecan pie for dessert. Takeaway turkey also available.
1/F, Printing House, 6 Duddell Street, Central, 3990 1646
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