The current political situation in the United States may be filled with uncertainties, but there’s one constant Americans at home and abroad can count on this month after the election is over: come Thanksgiving (24 November this year), brined, basted and beautiful turkeys will be weighing down tables, dressed up with colourful sides of Brussels sprouts, baked sweet potatoes, stuffing, green beans, squash, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie.
No matter where you’re from, you can (and should) partake in this American tradition, for the sheer excuse of having one day a year to throw all dietary caution to the wind. Take advantage of delivery options to feast with friends and family at home, or head to one of these tried-and-true establishments which trump (sorry, we had to) the competition around town for the best Thanksgiving dinners in Hong Kong.
Lily & Bloom
No one throws a bona fide all-American Thanksgiving dinner quite like Lily & Bloom, who pile on the turkey and trimmings every year without fail. Indecisive diners can opt for the Thanksgiving Family Feast (serves five to six people), which comes complete with a 5-kg whole bird (U.S. BN Ranch Heritage Breed Turkeys supplied exclusively to Lily & Bloom from Waves Pacific), fresh cranberry sauce and giblet gravy, sausage and sage stuffing, roasted brussels sprouts with bacon, truffle mash, creamed spinach, maple sweet potato mash, pumpkin pie, and a bottle of wine thrown in for good measure. Not a turkey fan? Substitute with a bone-in honey glazed ham (HK$1,250 for 5.5kg) or whole roast USDA tenderloin (HK$2,750 for 3g).
Available 21 November–1 December 2016. HK$2,650 for Thanksgiving Family Feast; HK$650 for 3-course set dinner per person.
Takeaway option: The Thanksgiving Family Feast can be ordered as a takeaway option for HK$2,200. Waves Pacific is also partnering with Lily & Bloom to deliver turkeys straight to diners’ doorsteps ($300 per kg, call +852 2880 0000).
Lily & Bloom, 5 & 6/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2810 6166, facebook.com/LilyandBloom
Stone Nullah Tavern
With chef Vinny Lauria at the helm, Stone Nullah Tavern is a surefire bet for a tried-and-true American Thanksgiving. This year from 21 November, the dinner menu (HK$548 per person plus 10 percent surcharge) includes a seafood platter accompanied by your choice of garlic roasted butter turkey or southern fried turkey, served with black-pepper-and-bourbon gravy and cranberry marmalade on the side. Fixings include cheddar biscuits with chilli honey butter, caramelised apple, onion and cheddar stuffing, and pulled-pork-rib mac ‘n’ cheese. Finally, satisfy your sweet tooth with apple crumble and s’mores, baked hot in the skillet.
Available 21–27 November 2016. HK$548 + 10 percent per person; free-flow drink packages start at HK$198 per person.
Takeaway option: Stone Nullah nods to that other great American tradition with their TV Dinner for 1 (HK$350), an individual sampler featuring smaller portions of the dine-in menu.
Stone Nullah Tavern, G/F, 69 Stone Nullah Lane, Wanchai, Hong Kong, +852 3182 0128, facebook.com/StoneNullahTavern
For those who haven’t had a chance to make it over to ex-Magnolia chef Jack Carson’s latest Southern kitchen The Parish, there’s only three words you need to know to get your booking in for Thanksgiving dinner: deep fried turkey. Yep, the Cajun and Creole kitchen is putting a true Southern-style twist on the holiday bird, and if chef Carson’s signature fried chicken is anything to go by, this is one dish you won’t want to miss. Sides include mashed potatoes with fried onions, roast corn-on-the-cob, Brussels sprouts, roasted pumpkin, and golden-crusted apple pie.
Available 23–24 November 2016. HK$148 + 10 percent lunch menu; HK$398 + 10 percent dinner menu.
The Parish, G/F, 44 Staunton Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2803 0050, facebook.com/theparishhk
Liberty Exchange Kitchen & Bar
Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be a formal, stuffy affair. If you’re just looking for a casual place to grab a turkey dinner with friends, head to Liberty Exchange & Bar for their four-course menu, priced at $568 + 10 percent (available 24 November only). Start with a warming cup of clam chowder and roasted pumpkin with smoked ricotta, followed by slow-roasted turkey breast, honey-glazed ham and cauliflower steak. Wrap up the meal with a generous slice of pumpkin pie, and wash it all down with Liberty’s well-stocked collection of beers on tap.
Liberty Exchange Kitchen & Bar, 2 Exchange Square, 8 Connaught Place, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2810 8400, lex.hk
InterContinental Hong Kong
Feast on turkey with all the trimmings at the InterContinental Hong Kong, who are doing up the festive season in style with special promotions at all their venues. The Steakhouse Winebar + Grill is offering a three-course meal from 24–27 November, featuring a purple sweet potato soup starter; roasted turkey with chestnut and sage stuffing, roasted vegetables and giblet gravy for the main; and pumpkin pie for dessert. If you’re planning on eating more than is good for you, pop over to Harbourside restaurant instead and feast on the Thanksgiving-themed lunch or dinner buffet (HK$868 per adult; HK$608 per child ages 3–11) with dishes including roast turkey, Brussels sprouts and bacon, and honey-glazed ham.
InterContinental, Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2721 1211, hongkong-ic.intercontinental.com
Somehow seeing a Thanksgiving promotion from a Spanish restaurant doesn’t surprise us that much in Hong Kong, and while some might consider it shameless milking, it really does come down to the food, doesn’t it? We’re always impressed by the dishes coming out of La Paloma’s Spanish kitchen, and if there’s going to be a Latin spin on Thanksgiving, who better to execute it than chef Willy Trullas Moreno? The owner of el Willy group will be popping by his Sai Ying Pun spot this month to serve up a special a la carte menu from 23–26 November, with a “Spanish x America” Thanksgiving set menu available on the 24th. For HK$400, enjoy foie gras montadito and potato and pork meat bombas to start, then dig into an organic wood-roasted turkey paired with no less than 10 sides. Guest pastry chef Jason Licker will be stopping by bearing churros sundaes, profiteroles, and pumpkin and pecan pies to cap off the festive meal.
La Paloma, 1/F, Soho 189, 189 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, +852 2291 6161, lapaloma.hk
Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong serves up a tasty slice of the U.S. of A. to be enjoyed at home, with Thanksgiving “Top Hat” boxes available for pre-order from now until 21 November. The homemade holiday meal includes a medium or large turkey (marinated and slow-cooked in-house for two days), sides of stuffing, cranberry sauce and giblet gravy, and classic pumpkin pie, salted pecan pie or hazelnut opera cake for dessert. There’s also a Family Feast option which includes two bottles of 550ml organic apple cider. It all comes together at home in a pinch — just pop into the oven for 15–20 minutes, depending on the size of the turkey, and get ready to dig in. Orders are for delivery only, starting at HK$2,788 for a 7kg turkey, HK$3,288 for a 10kg turkey, or HK$3,988 for the Family Feast. Email email@example.com to place your order; two days’ advance notice required for delivery.
Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2825 4008, mandarinoriental.com
With Hong Kong’s largest industrial-grade rotisserie smoker, CRFT-PIT’s knowledge of and application of meat-cooking methods is second to none in Hong Kong. The Thanksgiving Combo (HK$1,988) has everything you need to recreate the traditional American holiday at home, with a 5-kg turkey as the centrepiece, flavoured with CRFT’s in-house rub and smoked with hickory wood chips. The stuffing is another one for meat lovers, with smoked turkey and pork sausage, roasted chestnut and apples, while sides include a fresh radish-and-pine-nuts market salad, bourbon sweet potato mash, potato mash and green bean casserole. Homemade pecan pie is on the dessert menu if you’re still standing at the end of the meal. For an added taste of the American South, you can choose to add a bottle of Woodford Reserve Bourbon Whiskey for HK$1,688.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to order for pick-up.
CRFT-PIT, Unit 2, 3/F, Harbour Industrial Centre, 10 Lee Hing Street, Ap Lei Chau, Hong Kong, +852 2476 2800, crft-pit.com
Main St. Deli
Langham Hotel’s red, white and blue–inspired Main St. Deli does a fantastic turkey takeaway package every year, and 2016 is no exception. The Turkey-to-go Combo is priced at HK$2,038 and includes a 6-kg U.S. turkey, cream of roasted pumpkin soup with toasted pistachios, apple and cornbread stuffing, Brussels sprouts, mashed potatoes, honey roasted sweet potatoes, baby carrots, almond green beans, gravy and cranberry-orange sauce. The sweets selection at Main St. Deli is not to be missed, and you can choose from pumpkin cheesecake, maple-glazed pecan pie, Christmas pudding with brandy cream or traditional cherry pie (or order them all a la carte if you’d like).
Main St. Deli, Lower Lobby Level, The Langham, Hong Kong, 8 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2132 7898, langhamhotels.com
LKF meat and prime rib specialist Westwood Carvery delivers your turkey fix at an affordable price this Thanksgiving with its Turkey Feast serving 8 to 12 people, for office or home delivery. For HK$1,598, carve into a whole roasted turkey served with house stuffing and gravy, roasted-pumpkin-and-beetroot salad, and rustic mashed potatoes. For those who are less than enthusiastic about the bird, you can dig into the restaurant’s USDA Prime rib packages (starting at HK$2,198 for 4–6 pound ribs) or beef short ribs party set (HK$1,398 for three ribs) instead, both served with creamed corn and mashed potatoes.
Westwood Carvery, 2 Wo On Lane, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2869 8111, facebook.com/westwoodcarvery
We’ve been big fans of Morty’s Delicatessen since it opened, filling the void in Hong Kong for authentic, New York–style pastrami sandwiches. Now the same slow-smoker that churns out that flavour-packed pastrami will be put to use on a 9-kg whole-roasted American turkey, cured with a combo of coriander seeds, mustard seeds, oregano, thyme and bay leaves. Available for pick-up or home delivery, the Family Feast package (HK$2,788) serves 10–14 people and includes a whole turkey, Morty’s apple-smoked-bacon stuffing, mashed potato, gravy, cranberry sauce, assorted vegetables, cornbread, sweet potato mash, apple pie and blueberry cheesecake. The meal comes with instructions to finish off the bird at home so no one will know you didn’t cook it yourself.
Order three days in advance, pick-up before noon or delivery after 3pm. Call or email email@example.com.
Shop 2-14, LG/F, Jardine House, 1 Connaught Place, Central, Hong Kong, +852 3665 0900, mortys.hk