Where to Celebrate Thanksgiving Abroad (Slideshow)
September 26, 2013
Midtown Grill, an American-style steakhouse in Berlin’s Potsdamer Platz, offers not only a traditional Thanksgiving buffet meal (€69 per person), but also a turkey cooking class (€75 per person including beverages) for those eager to host their own holiday dinner.
Barcomi’s pastry shop, with two locations in Berlin, makes cakes and pies in flavors like caramelized apple cheesecake and carrot cake, and they’ll happily custom-make your Thanksgiving pumpkin pie.
Tokyo has a multitude of restaurants with Thanksgiving specials, but Beacon’s is not to be missed — this steakhouse offers an upscale menu combining robust American harvest flavors with an elegant Japanese aesthetic. Check their website for details to come; last year’s dinner included a foie gras terrine, persimmon relish, and whipped candied yams.
As in many Asian countries, finding a turkey for Thanksgiving in Japan is somewhat of a challenge — but demand is high enough in Japan that expat meat-delivery company The Meat Guy is sure to have the bird of your dreams, if you order early enough.
Seoul, South Korea
Seoul’s restaurant-bar Craftworks Taphouse puts on an annual Thanksgiving meal the Thursday and Sunday of the holiday weekend. Expect traditional comfort fixings like mashed potatoes, stuffing, and apple pie à la mode. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for upcoming event details.
Thanksgiving’s a tradition at Bangkok’s Bourbon Street, and their New Orleans-style dinner buffet is one of a kind in the city. In previous years the Cajun and Creole joint has served spicy deep-fried Butterball and turkey gumbo; keep an eye on their website for more details and news of this year’s menu.
Tentazioni, modern Italian restaurant in London, has developed a special menu for this year’s Thanksgiving, with Italian-American dishes like butter-and-sage pumpkin ravioli, roast turkey and cornbread stuffing, and multiple pumpkin desserts (£39.50 per person).
To get your turkey with all the trimmings to go, head for Le Bistro St-Martin, where for €40 you can dine in or take out a traditional-style meal.
Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town’s creative and award-winning Savoy Cabbage restaurant and champagne bar has drawn up a coastal-themed Thanksgiving menu (R325 per person) for this year’s celebration, with clam chowder and smoked salmon to complement the classic bird.
Boxing Cat Brewery, one of Shanghai’s original microbreweries, also houses a restaurant bringing cross-continental Southern American flavors to the China coast. They’ve recently begun hosting Canadian Thanksgiving, and visitors can look forward to a similarly Cajun- or Southwest-inspired American Thanksgiving meal. Check Boxing Cat’s website for upcoming details.
The Starlite Diner — Moscow’s first "real American diner," shipped in its entirety from the U.S. — has held an annual Thanksgiving dinner since 1995, with all your old-fashioned, comfort food favorites: whole turkeys, mashed potatoes and gravy, and pumpkin pie. Check Starlite’s website for upcoming details.