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Where to celebrate Thanksgiving in Bangkok this 2018

Falling on 22 November, Thanksgiving is a much loved American holiday celebrated annually on every fourth Thursday of November, with family and friends gathering around the dining table to give thanks. But rather than expressing gratitude, this turkey-centred holiday is also best known for its feasts of food and the cherished time spent around the kitchen table with loved ones.

So if you’re spending your cocktail hours or a bed o’clock stressing over how you will manage to cook a lineup of food for Thanksgiving Day, don’t let the roast turkey or laced cherry pie let you down. Whether you’re an American living abroad who doesn’t know how to cook or a Thai who would love to get a true taste of this magic-filled holiday but don’t know where to start, fret not; we’ve got you covered. Kick off this holiday season with a stress-free Thanksgiving through our curated list of the five best places where you can indulge in the American holiday classic and many more special treats without having to do any grocery shopping or enter the kitchen.

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Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner at Madison Steakhouse

Date: 22 November 18, from 6 pm—10:30pm
Price: THB 2,500++ per person and THB 3,500++ for wine pairing.

Situated within Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel, Madison Steakhouse invites you to celebrate this year’s Thanksgiving through its fabulous five-course meal, highlighting Thanksgiving’s favourites with a modern twist, like Smoked Pumpkin Soup with Beef Cheeks, Slow Poached Boston Lobster and Roast Turkey served with Foie Gras Roulade. But if fine dining is not your cup of tea, roast turkey with traditional American condiments like roasted Brussel sprouts is also available for takeout at the hotel’s all-day café, Mocha & Muffins. Priced at THB 9,900++, this is a stress-free yet sumptuous Thanksgiving dinner packed in a to-go box.

Madison Steakhouse, Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel, Lumphini, Bangkok, +662 126 8866

Epic Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet at VIU

Date: 22 November, from 6 pm—11 pm

Price: THB 2,300++ per person. An additional THB 1,800++ for free-flow wines and Prosecco.

If it’s an epicurean feast you’re after, look no further. Perched on the 12th floor of The St. Regis Bangkok, VIU restaurant is offering assorted Thanksgiving dishes along with a variety of salads, grilled seafood, pasta, wood-fired pizza, and Western favourites as well as Eastern dishes. Please your palate and feast your eyes on the juicy brined, brown-skinned roast turkey and indulge in the all-American side dishes like tangy cranberry sauce, roasted sweet potatoes, glazed carrots and charred green beans with hazelnuts. Their selection of cheese, fruit and desserts will also give you a sweet-and-salty relief after the big savoury meal so make sure not to miss out on them.

VIU, The St. Regis Bangkok, 159 Rajadamri Road, Bangkok, +662 207 7777

Bourbon St. Restaurant & Oyster Bar

Date: 22 November, from 12 pm—10:30 pm
23 November, from 5:30 pm—10:30 pm
Price: THB 899++ for adults and THB 450++ for children.

It’s Thanksgiving Day and the all-time rule is you should eat like the world is ending. And for those who are already planning on doing so but have no time spare to cook a feast, Bourbon St. Restaurant & Oyster Bar has got you covered. Known to be one of Bangkok’s best venues to throw thanksgiving party, Bourbon St. is definitely not shy when it comes to their full-on Thanksgiving buffet. Featuring everything from savoury to sweet, expect to indulge in roast prime ribs, lamb chops, beef brisket, cornbread, crab cakes, cranberry sauce, Caesar salad, mashed potatoes and more. With the chicken being imported from France and Australia, the highlights, of course, go to their special Cajun deep-fried turkey and roast turkey. Priced at THB 899++ for adults and THB 450++ for children, this all-you-can-eat buffet also includes soft drinks and over ten sumptuous desserts, for example, pumpkin pie, apple tart, pecan pie and pumpkin crème brûlée.
Bourbon St. Restaurant & Oyster Bar, 9/39—40 Soi Tana Arcade Sukhumvit 63, Ekkamai, Bangkok, +662 381 680

Brasserie Europa

Date: 22 November, from 6:30 pm–10:30 pm

Price: THB 2,100++ for adults and additional THB 1,150++ for free-flowing alcoholic beverages and soft drinks. THB 1,050++ for children.

Thanksgiving doesn’t always mean turkey and stuffing. Here at Brasserie Europa within Siam Kempinski, Thanksgiving dinner gets a real fancy makeover with addition of all-you-can-eat items as part of their unique international buffet. So yes, seafood on ice with a range of sea gems like rock lobster, tiger prawns, scallops, and oysters are included. Featuring chef Stefan Trepp’s house-made roasted turkey, U.S prime rib, herb-roasted lamb leg, flambé wood-baked salted codfish, Maryland crab cake and slow-cooked butterball Turkey. Also, set your seat close to the dessert section and savour your taste buds with their selection of American classics like Thanksgiving pies — think pecan and pumpkin — glazed doughnuts, pavlova and red velvet cake. A word of advice? Run every single dessert through their premium ‘Dulcey’ chocolate fountain. It’s sure worth every calorie.

Brasserie Europa, Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok, Bangkok, +662 162 9000

Waldorf Astoria Bangkok

Date: 22 November. Buffet starts from 6 pm onward and the five-course set menu starts from 5 pm–10:30 pm

Price: Buffet dinner is priced at THB 2,500++ for adults and THB 1,250++ for kids. The dinner set menu is priced at THB 2,600++ per person.

When it comes to Thanksgiving at Waldorf Astoria, more is more. The newly-opened sleek hotel is planning to give thanks with us big time through their one-of-a-kind feast. Offering both a buffet dinner and a special set menu, diners can settle in at The Brasserie for all-you-can-eat dinner which features a selection of Thanksgiving staples like roast turkey, honey-glazed ham, pork loin with house-made BBQ sauce, lamb rump with five-spiced glaze, along with Thanksgiving desserts and seafood on ice — which includes Maine lobster, Alaskan king crab and oyster.

For a slick dinner set menu, head to Bull & Bear for the well-crafted five-course meal and tuck into BBQ Caesar Salad, Wagyu Beef Tartare, Roasted Butternut Soup, Turkey Roulade with Potato Dauphinoise, and luscious Pecan Pie with Rum Anglaise and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream.

Waldorf Astoria Bangkok, 151 Ratchadamri Road. Lumphini, Bangkok, +662 846 8888

Kankanit Wichiantanon
Writer, Bangkok
Kankanit is a writer by day and a baker by night. If there’s one thing you should know about her, it’s that she can wax poetic about food 24/7. Her daily routine is writing, cooking, eating, repeat. They are the things that inspire her from morning 'til night.