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Thanksgiving is coming up on 22 November 2018, and if you, like us, will jump at any change to eat third, fourth and fifth helpings of American-style comfort food, the good news is there are plenty of restaurants around town that are serving up a plentiful feast for this festive North American tradition. Forget brining turkey at home or fussing about with side dishes, these restaurants have got you sorted with gorgeously roasted birds and all the fixings from creamy mash to sweet potatoes, luscious gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce and pumpkin and pecan pie to top it all off.

Posto Pubblico

When: 21–22 November, 6–11pm

Price: HK$439 per person, plus HK$249 for two-hour free-flow package with Champagne Henriot, Wild Turkey Old Fashioned, house wines and Peroni beer.

Posto Pubblico is offering up a show-stopping turkey dinner this month courtesy of Executive Chef Vinny Lauria. This year, the restaurant is going all out with Italian-American offerings to spice up the festive occasion, kicking off with the restaurant’s signature homemade burrata with organic heirloom tomatoes. The feast continues with decadent veal meatballs in a fresh tomato sauce before the main event, a beautiful garlic butter roasted turkey accompanied by sides of Brussels sprouts with balsamic and guanciale, herbed stuffing and tender roasted baby potatoes.

For vegetarians, the feast also includes an attractive bounty of locally-grown organic vegetables from Zen Farm in Fanling, including Sambuca-glazed carrots and purple cabbage agrodolce, the latter an Italian classic with a winning combination of sweet vs. sour. Finally, dessert caps off with tiramisu and homemade chocolate chip cookies — sure to set you off into a glorious food coma. Enjoy the epic gourmet meal for just HK$439 per person, with an energetic hip hop soundtrack lending to the upbeat and celebratory atmosphere all evening.

Posto Pubblico, 28 Elgin Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2577 7160

Big Sur

When: 21–23 November

Price: HK$1,800 (serves 6–8)

California-inspired restaurant Big Sur is filling out the holiday table with its grand Big Sur Thanksgiving Family Meal this month, featuring premium grade turkeys flown in from Norbest Ranch in Utah, and prepared in Big Sur’s own on-site smoker ovens. The turkey is undoubtedly the star attraction of the meal, brined and slow-cooked over applewood for four hours, and served with a mouthwatering array of sides including sour cream, Parmesan and butter mashed potatoes, and three-herb turkey gravy. An array of irresistible sides rounds out the spread, including sourdough and apple stuffing casserole, roasted heirloom carrots and kale salad, and a decadent pecan pie. The family-style meal is available for takeaway (HK$1,800), or dine-in inside the cheery Staunton Street restaurant (HK$1,600 per table). This year, Big Sur’s turkey offering is limited to just 30 sumptuous birds, so make sure you get your bookings in early.

Big Sur, G/F, 22 Staunton Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2529 3001

KONG

When: 15–24 November for dine-in; now through end of November for delivery (4-day advanced order)

Price: HK$788 for two persons for dine-in, email hello@breadandbeasthk.com to reserve.

Cocktail bar and restaurant concept KONG, the new alter ego of popular Wan Chai sandwich joint, Bread & Beast, is inserting a little Canto cool into the American holiday with an East-meets-West menu which riffs on classic Thanksgiving dishes with a local twist. The recently renovated shop has been unveiled as a new nighttime destination, where Bread & Beast transforms into KONG after sunset with innovative cocktails and gastropub bites inspired by the Hong Kong heritage of the shop and its founders. Expanding beyond sandwiches, the shop now showcases a range of sharing-style bites from the flaky scallion bing with black garlic aioli dip, to “angry cauliflower” and shelter crab cheesy cheung fun.
For Thanksgiving, the cheeky, locally owned shop is preparing a special menu available for dine-in or catering. Serving a minimum of two, dinner kicks off with roasted eggplant caprese with charred tomatoes and cheesy mozzarella, followed by 24-hour brined turkey breast with salted lemon butter, crispy suckling pig, lap cheung mac ‘n’ cheese, and the “Doh Caesar”, a wacky twist on the classic salad composed of candied dace fish, black bean, sourdough croutons and salted fish Parmesan dressing. The finishing touch is the bourbon pecan pie, best paired with a steaming cup of ovaltine eggnog or mulled wine.

KONG, 3 Swatow Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2237 1868

Jamie’s Italian

When: 12–25 November

Price: HK$198 lunch, HK$228 dinner for individual set menu; HK$1,950 for family-style dinner. All prices subject to 10% surcharge.

Family-friendly dining destination Jamie’s Italian will pay homage to America’s much-loved holiday with not one, but two festive menus spearheaded by chef Atisha Kumar. Head down to either the Causeway Bay or Tsim Sha Tsui outlets between 12–25 November to get into the spirit of the holidays with a veritable Thanksgiving feast composed of classic American dishes mixed with rustic Italian fare. For lunch, Jamie’s Italian serves up a 3-course Thanksgiving set menu (HK$198) with starters including tomato bruschetta with slow-roasted cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, ricotta, basil and ciabatta; plus your choice of mains (we recommend the roasted pumpkin panzerotti with herbed ricotta). At nighttime, dinner is a more leisurely affair: for HK$228 per person, enjoy the decadent turkey plate with slices of moist roast turkey, glazed carrots, potato gratin, stuffing and gravy.

Dining with a group? Go all out with the Thanksgiving Family-Style Menu (HK$1,950 for dinner, serves 6–8 people), which features a whole 6kg turkey as its pièce de résistance, paired with eight festive sides. Whet your appetite with the Festive Meat Plank loaded with cold cuts, and the “Fish in a Bag” featuring fresh seafood topped with a spicy arrabbiata sauce. The whole organic turkey is roasted to perfection after a long overnight marinade in herbs and spices, and served sliced at the table. Boasting a tantalising golden and crispy skin, the turkey gets paired with tart homemade cranberry sauce, creamy gravy, cauliflower gratin and roasted baby carrots. In line with the restaurant’s commitment to food sustainability, all meals are made with only organic ingredients sourced from trusted suppliers, while the turkey is a true-blue American bird raised gluten- and hormone-free.

Jamie’s Italian, 2/F, Soundwill Plaza II – Midtown, 1 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 3958 2222

Porterhouse

When: 19–25 November

Price: HK$888 plus 10% surcharge per person for Thanksgiving Sharing Feast, order 5 days in advance

LKF’s premier meat destination, Porterhouse, will be rolling out a gourmet spread this Thanksgiving with exclusive dishes, brunch specials and takeaway packages for the holidays. For Americans nostalgic for a taste of home, Porterhouse promises to dish up a 100% authentic Thanksgiving spread, starring an organic turkey and all the trimmings. Duck into the stylish LKF restaurant and tuck into the Thanksgiving Sharing Feast (HK$888 per person, order 5 days in advance), where dishes from pumpkin risotto carnaroli to a grilled seafood platter (think Canadian lobster, Hokkaido scallops, Alaskan king crab and more) are passed around the table for sharing. Eyes will light up when the whole organic turkey hits the table, served up with pickled lemon and homemade cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, crispy bacon Brussels sprouts, chilli-sautéed spinach and more. Sate your sweet tooth afterwards with the seasonal pumpkin and pecan pie, made with mascarpone and cointreau for an extra kick.

Meanwhile, those dining in smaller groups can opt for the 5-course Thanksgiving Set Dinner (HK$588 per person, order 3 days in advance), with an equally mouthwatering tasting menu of roasted squash and ginger soup, beef tartare, pumpkin penne, turkey leg roll with herbed mashed potatoes, vegetables and homemade cranberry sauce. The free-flow options (HK$250 “Fabulous Flow” or HK$480 “Fantastic Flow”) are a necessary pre-requisite for truly getting into the spirit of the season — the latter inclusive of unlimited Dom Pérignon Champagne. 

Porterhouse, 7/F, California Tower, 30-36 D’Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2522 6366

Leslie Yeh
Editor in Chief
Having worked as a lifestyle editor for almost 10 years, Leslie is thrilled to be writing about the topic she loves most: wining and dining. When she's not out pounding the pavement for the latest new restaurant opening or tracking food trends, Leslie can be found at home whipping up a plate of rigatoni vodka and binge-watching Netflix with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc in hand.