With Thanksgiving just around the corner (falling on 28 November this year), homesick Americans and those just looking for any excuse to stuff themselves silly will want to know where to find the best turkey dinners in town. Hong Kong’s small kitchens and lack of oven space means you should definitely be looking towards a professional to do all the heavy lifting this year. From fresh-made cranberry sauce to pumpkin pies spiced with nutmeg and winter-themed cocktails (think a refreshing rosemary G&T with cranberries) — and of course, that all important roast turkey — these restaurants have you covered for a classic Thanksgiving spread.
When: 28 November
Price: HK$450 per person
Popular grill house, Mr. Brown has our stamp of approval as one of the most delicious kitchens on Ship Street (check out our full review here). While the regular menu weaves in Middle Eastern influences, chef Asher Goldstein’s Thanksgiving line-up is all-American, with multiple dishes showing off the kitchen’s firm grasp of grilling techniques. Priced at just HK$450 per person, the affordable menu kicks off with a moreish spread of appetisers, from corn and buttermilk fritters, to smoked pork croquettes with spicy piri piri and crab cakes with creamy aioli.
Save room for the main event — the sumptuous turkey served with a rich homemade gravy and cranberry sauce, alongside a pecan and bacon stuffing. In-between forkfuls of turkey, tuck into the gorgeously caramelised Brussels sprouts with pancetta; American-style biscuits with made with cheddar cheese; maple-glazed squash and ember baked potatoes loaded with dill and sour cream. Dinner rounds out with an American-sized portion of apple and pecan pie with a spiked bourbon ice cream. For the special occasion, bartender Raphael Meyer has created two special cocktails to pair: The Pickle Back made with bourbon and pickle juice, and Granny Knows Best crafted with apple, lime, agave syrup and ginger.
Mr. Brown, G/F, 9 Ship Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 3101 1081
When: 28 November for Thanksgiving dinner & 1 December for ‘Friendsgiving’
Price: HK$488 per person plus 10% surcharge
Over at new Central eatery, Kinship, chef Chris Grare is whipping up a storm in the kitchen with not one, but two Thanksgiving celebrations. On 28 November, diners can pop by the convivial restaurant for a classic 3-course menu that includes homestyle dishes such as chicken and potato potage and prawn and scallop ceviche with apple vinaigrette. The slow-cooked turkey breast goes hand-in-hand with a parsnip and mulberry jus, while baked cod or pumpkin ricotta tortellini rounds out the international spread. For desserts, Kinship’s ‘Mr. Whippy’ is a surefire crowdpleaser with homemade cinnamon ice cream.
The festivities roll over to the weekend with Kinship’s first ‘Friendsgiving’ on 1 December — a gathering of some of the city’s top chefs and mixologists, including Ferran Tadeo of La Rambla, Lenny Nigro of Komune, and Chanel Adams, former Head Bartender of PDT. The family-style feast (HK$488 per person, plus HK$298 for free-flow drinks) gives creative license to the diverse line-up of chefs to put their own spin on Thanksgiving dishes — expect to see everything from pork belly tostadas with cranberry pico to turkey ragout tagliatelle with pumpkin and blood orange puree. Wash it all down with limited edition cocktails including Adams’ ‘Vagabond’, a smoky highball with Wild Turkey bourbon, peony tea, cranberry juice, lemon juice and fresh peaches.
Kinship, 3/F, 2-4 Shelley Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2520 0899
When: 28–30 November, 6–10:30pm
Price: HK$548 per person
It’s safe to say we can always count on Hong Kong’s resident Italian-American F&B group, Red Sauce Hospitality, to nail the gluttonous Thanksgiving spread every year. This year, they’re hosting festivities at all three of their restaurants, starting with Fini’s (available at both Central and Wan Chai locations), which is paying homage to the now-shuttered Stone Nullah Tavern with a revival of the restaurant’s beloved dishes.
For HK$548 per head (plus HK$198 for free-flow), guests can take a trip down memory lane starting with the fresh seafood platter, followed by a Pizzeria Insalata and homemade cheddar biscuits. Diners have the option between garlic butter roasted or southern fried turkey, paired with indulgent sides of apple and cheddar stuffing and Stone Nullah’s crowd-pleasing pulled pork mac ‘n’ cheese. Dessert caps off with the gooey skillet cookie or a decadent apple crumble. Those wishing to feast from the comfort of home can also take advantage of the takeaway offer, priced at HK$350 for one, or HK$2,998 serving 5–8 people.
Fini’s (Wan Chai), 69 Stone Nullah Lane, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2387 6338
Fini’s (Central), 49 Elgin Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2387 6338
When: 28–30 November, 6–10:30pm
Price: HK$548 per person
Meanwhile, at the group’s new red sauce joint, Frank’s, the ultimate Thanksgiving feast combines the best of both cuisines with a packed menu priced at HK$548 per person. Chef Darnell’s menu delights with creamy homemade burrata and Pizzeria Insalata, followed by the pièce de résistance, a perfectly roasted turkey dressed with luscious gravy and tart cranberry sauce. Savour the roast meat alongside fluffy buttermilk biscuits slathered in apple butter and chive butter, homemade fennel sausage stuffing, and classic mac ‘n’ cheese. Sweet tooths will want to save room for the thick Oreo cookie pie or classic apple crumble. A two-hour free flow package is worth tacking on for HK$298 per person, including Poretti Beer, Wild Turkey Old Fashioneds, House Wines and G.H Mumm Champagne.
Frank’s, G/F, 79 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 9097 9730
When: 25 November–1 December
Price: HK$1,800 serving 6–8 people for dine-in or takeaway; HK$220 for à la carte Thanksgiving plate
For a hassle-free Thanksgiving, look no further than the Turkey Day feast at Big Sur, the West Coast-inspired barbecue restaurant that’s become a favourite neighbourhood joint on Elgin Street. Grab a cosy table indoors or out and indulge in the restaurant’s epic Thanksgiving dinner, available from 25 November through 1 December. A 4.8kg brined and herb smoked turkey from Norbest Ranch in Utah (limited to just 30 birds) serves 6–8 people, paired with a sourdough gravy, cranberry and pickled peach condiments. Other sharing sides range from pork and cornbread stuffing; to Brussel sprouts and kale with chestnut butter and crispy onions; roasted carrots glazed with maple syrup; creamy ricotta and sage mashed potatoes. For those dining in smaller groups, a Thanksgiving plate is also available à la carte for HK$220.
Big Sur, G/F, 22 Staunton Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2529 3001; Order before 22 November to secure your turkey.
When: Available to order until 31 December
Price: HK$2,388 serving 10–12 people, HK$3,088 serving 16+ people; order 4 days in advance for pick-up or delivery
If an evening in is your idea of the perfect holiday, Morty’s has you covered with their takeaway feast (available through to the end of the year), portioned at either a 7.5kg or 10kg roast turkey. The pre-cooked bird comes with a full spread of Thanksgiving classics — think sweet potato mash, gravy, cranberry sauce, roast vegetables, cornbread and roast potatoes — in addition to pastrami stuffing for a signature Morty’s twist. Dessert options are equally enticing, from a mouth-puckering lemon tart to a chocolate tart worthy of all chocoholics. For those not keen on turkey, the deli can also substitute a honey-glazed ham which functions equally well as the centrepiece for your table.