Thanksgiving is a time of gratitude, reunion and stuffed bellies. In order to ensure that no one is bereft of the last requisite in the aforementioned triumvirate, we’ve searched high and low for the best places to celebrate.
The First Supper
When Thanksgiving was a foreign concept in Hong Kong, celebrated by only a handful of expat Americans, this small contingent would without a doubt head to the Mandarin Oriental for their holiday supper. These days, the Mandarin Thanksgiving feast is so lauded and popular that the hotel has introduced a delivery service. In order to ensure you get your hands on the famed “Top Hat” box for your loved ones, orders must be placed this year by Monday, 21 November. The spread features either a medium or large roasted turkey with all the trimmings, and lucky feasters will only need to reheat the items in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes before they can enjoy the spread. Delivery starts at HK$2,788 for a 7kg turkey to HK$3,988 for an even bigger and better feast. Orders can be made through The Mandarin Cake Shop at +852 2825 4008 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Morty’s Delicatessen is a sure-fire win for families looking to bring a taste of the Big Apple into their homes. Available for Thanksgiving from 24 November and throughout December, the Morty’s Thanksgiving menu features a Whole Roasted American Turkey (9-10kg) cured with a combination of dried spices to bring out the flavour of the bird. Alongside it will be Morty’s Apple Smoked Bacon Stuffing, mashed potato, and sweet potato mash topped off with Martha’s Apple Pie and Homemade Blueberry Cheesecake. Orders for the Family Feast @ Home will be made 3 days in advance and can be picked up before noon or delivered after 3pm. Contact Morty’s Delicatessen directly at +852 3665 0900 or email@example.com for more information.
No, we don’t mean a Thanksgiving feast for those with a nicotine habit. CRFT-PIT, the artisan smokehouse and food factory in Ap Lei Chau, is fixin’ up a southern-style Thanksgiving treat that can be delivered to your house either chilled or hot and ready to eat. If you choose the former, all home cooks have to do is to reheat and serve fresh out the oven, so that guests can be dazzled by the host’s seeming kitchen prowess. The set includes Hickory smoked-trukey with CRFT bird rub, cranberry BBQ sauce, smoked-turkey and pork sausage stuffing, accompanied by farmers market salad and Bourbon sweet potato mash. The price of the set is HK$1,988 and will happily serve a group of six to eight. We promise that this smoker’s feast will have none of the tar but all of the addiction.
No belly left behind
In Stone Nullah Tavern’s case, this Thanksgiving is about making sure that even those who just want to Netflix and chill can partake in the festive meal. Available only from 21 to 27 November, this Wanchai haunt will be serving a special Thanksgiving menu crafted by the eatery’s New England-native Executive Chef Vinny Lauria. Starting with a seafood platter of oysters, ceviche, crab legs and more, the meal moves into a choice of Garlic Butter Roasted Turkey or Southern Fried Turkey with savory black pepper and bourbon gravy. Apple and cheddar stuffing, pulled pork rib and mac n’ cheese are among the many treats in accompaniment. In the spirit of fully embracing the holiday, restaurant diners have the option of free-flow drinks at either HK$198 for a Prosecco package or HK$308 for a champagne package. For those who wish to opt out of tiring social gatherings, Stone Nullah Tavern has you covered with a Thanksgiving TV Dinner for 1 that is served hot but can also be microwaved should the meal be had later. If ever there were a feast for one, this would be it. A cheddar biscuit makes way for Garlic Butter Roasted Turkey served with all the trimmings in portions that will fit perfectly in a tray balanced on your lap in front of the TV screen. The Thanksgiving Dinner Menu is HK$548 per person with 10% service charge and the Thankgiving TV Dinner for 1 is HK$350.
The Spanish Spread
You know it’s always a party whenever the Spanish are involved. From 23 to 26 November, La Paloma will see its Spanish chef Willy Trullas Moreno collaborate with equally celebrated American Pastry chef Jason Licker to create an American Thanksgiving meal with Spanish flair. Barbecued Iberico pork with smoked baby eggplants and beef cheek with foie gras and apples are just two of the dishes on this Spanish-inspired menu. Mouthwatering profiteroles featuring Fofo by El Willy’s Crème Catalan and Licker’s matcha is one dessert we have our eye on; another is the churros sundae, which comes served with dulce de leche ice cream and salted almond crumble. The Thanksgiving menu is priced at HK$400 per person and if you go on Thanksgiving Day proper, La Paloma will have a live DJ weaving music magic from 8pm till late for a true holiday party.
Beloved Sai Ying Pun butcher Bones & Blades have an exclusive selection of coveted Kelly Bronze turkeys (4kg) for those looking to whip up a healthy Thanksgiving feast with all the flavour but minimal guilt. Looking to increase taste but decrease bloat, the butcher has used a gluten-free stuffing made with a pork and chicken base with mixed vegetables and quinoa instead of traditional bread. This way, all guests can relax around the table in the knowledge that they can revel in all the goodness of the season.