Let’s talk turkey: eight places to go for a Hong Kong Thanksgiving feast
Celebrate the American way with turkey feasts and some twists on tradition - fried turkey, torchetta, or a side of pancakes, anyone?
On November 26, Americans get together to celebrate Thanksgiving – a day of feasting, football and family for which feathered friends are scarified in the name of tradition. While Hongkongers have not embraced the tradition as enthusiastically as other Western festivals such as Halloween, Hong Kong restaurants have created some tasty menus for the occasion.
For a great taste of the south, head to Restoration for its Creole-inspired Thanksgiving lunch and dinner menus, served from November 25-29. It kicks off with pumpkin soup, followed by fried turkey with extras including jalapeno cornbread stuffing, peas with bacon and mashed potatoes. If you have any room left, finish off with some apple or pumpkin pie.
Restoration, 1/F, 63 Wyndham Street, Central, tel: 2536 0183
The hippest new place in town, MyHouse, has a tasty menu with an appetising price tag (HK$398). Gobble down torchetta (that’s a turkey breast prepared like a traditional Italian porchetta), candied sweet potato casserole, battered mashed potato, and green beans with garlicky almond breadcrumbs, capped off with pumpkin pie cheesecake. If the festive fare is as tasty as its regular menu items, then book now.
MyHouse, 26/F QRE Plaza, 202 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, tel: 2323 1715
The InterContinental’s one-Michelin star Steak House Winebar + Grill is a meat lover’s haven. It’s also the perfect place to celebrate Thanksgiving from November 26 to 29, with à la carte options including purple sweet potato soup with chestnuts and scallops, roasted US turkey and honey-glazed ham. For dessert tuck into the pumpkin pie.
Steak House Winebar + Grill, LG/F InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel 2313 2323
At Mott 32, chef Lee Man-sing has given an Asian twist to the Thanksgiving meal, with a roasted free-range turkey carved tableside and served with pancakes and three homemade sauces: plum and lemon, fresh garlic, and Lee’s secret turkey sauce. Next is a five-shade salad – a fruit and vegetable combo of papaya, dragon fruit, melon, scallion, red pepper, cashew nuts and a sweet peanut sauce. Served until December 30, the free-range turkey (HK$1,880) needs to be ordered 72 hours in advance.
Mott 32, Standard Chartered Bank Building, 4-4A Des Voeux Road Central, tel: 2885 8688
Authentic North Carolina-style barbecue restaurant 85 South features smoked turkey, which has been marinated overnight in its signature honey brine then smoked using hickory woodchips. From November 25 to 28, guests can dine in, with a menu that features turkey, mac ’n’ cheese, mashed potatoes and green bean casserole (HK$250 per person). Turkeys for takeaway – varying from 14-20lbs and priced from HK$1,500 toHK$2,500 - are available until the end of December. Order a day in advance.
85 South, 6-10 Kau U Fong, Sheung Wan, tel: 2337 2078
Billy Otis, head chef at Lily & Bloom, is American so he knows how to create an authentic Thanksgiving feast. Available until November 28, either dine-in or takeaway, the Thanksgiving menu (starting from HK$1,880) features roast turkey with a choice of three sides – creamy mashed potatoes, collard greens with bacon and roasted chestnuts –homemade cornbread with cheddar cheese, and more. For dessert there’s apple or pecan pie (HK$275 for whole or HK$85 by the slice). If you want to take away your turkey, orders must be placed at least five days in advance.
Lily & Bloom, 5/F-6/F LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, tel: 2810 6166
Main St Deli at the Langham Hotel is serving Maine crab cakes, butternut squash bisque, roast turkey with all the trimmings and fall-flavoured desserts – did someone say maple-glazed pecan pie? The three-course festive menu costs HK$368 per person and is available only on November 26. If you’re serving at home, order the Turkey Party Combo (HK$2,388 for six to eight people or HK$2,788 for 10).
Main St Deli, Lower Lobby, The Langham, 8 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2132 789
Meaty hangout the Blue Butchersources its free-range turkeys from Australia’s Hunter Valley. Guests can order the turkey whole (enough for six to eight for HK$1,880) or half (three to four for HK$980). Orders need to be placed 48 hours in advance. The turkey menu is available from November 26.
Blue Butcher, 108 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, tel: 2613 9286