It’s that time of the year when leaves are turning lovely shades of red, yellow, and orange, snow is covering the ground to make way for the Holiday season, and turkeys are being stuffed and slowly roasted for Thanksgiving……. at least it’s that time of year outside of Taiwan. Even if you’re not familiar with American Thanksgiving, chances are you have been craving a proper holiday feast complete with stuffed turkey, cranberry sauce, sweet pies, mashed potatoes, and more. In that case, you need to check out the following spots for your 2013 Thanksgiving dinner.
For those wanting to forgo the hassle of a Thanksgiving feast at home, there are lots of specials going on around town. For a set price, you can get a full meal complete with sides and desserts. Just be sure to book early and confirm availability.
Nov 27-30 Long time favorite, and one of the best deals you can get around Taipei, Carnegie’s Thanksgiving Celebration offers both a lunch and a dinner set with Turkey Soup with Vegetables or Garden Salad with Pumpkin & Barley, Traditional Thanksgiving turkey with stuffing, roast potatoes, veggies, beets, and bread, served with cranberry sauce, and pumpkin cheese cake for desert.
Lunch (12:00~17:00) NT$490 w/soft drink
Dinner (17:00~) NT$680 w/glass of wine
You can also get a whole turkey to carve yourself at the restaurant. Just make sure you book well in-advance:
Carve-Your-Own Whole Turkey: NT$3200
02 2325 4433
Every year, Grandma Nitti’s has some great Thanksgiving meals with a bit of variety and a fairly reasonable price. The sets are as follows:
Set A: Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, cappuccino wild mushroom soup, Cajun fried seafood salad, and a choice of pumpkin pie or brownie.
Set B: 4oz. ribeye steak, Montreal fried chicken leg, German sausage, cappuccino wild mushroom soup, Cajun fried seafood salad, and a choice of pumpkin pie or brownie.
Both sets are NT$800 with a 10% service charge.
02 2369 9751
Dan Ryan’s is offering a Thanksgiving Special in both adult and kid sizes. The special includes pumpkin soup, garden salad, turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, candied yam, walnut green beans, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie.
Thanksgiving Special: NT$1100
Special for Kids: NT$590
Dan Ryan’s is also having a turkey dinner for those that don’t want the full set: Turkey Dinner: NT$890
02 8780 9393
Toast is celebrating its Thanksgiving with a really well priced lunch and dinner Thanksgiving turkey set. The meal includes Manhattan clam chowder, roast turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, chipolata sausages, vegetable casserole, cranberry sauce, and cranberry cheese pie.
Lunch (11:00~17:00) NT$480
Dinner (17:00~22:00) NT$580
02 2737 0037
Starting on the 22nd and running four full days until the 25th, Shaffer’s Kitchen is offering an amazing selection of dishes for its Thanksgiving special. The set includes spiced apple cider, fall spinach salad, roast turkey, sourdough sage stuffing, potato rolls, sweet potato, garlic mashed potatoes, sweet corn, string beans, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. Full meal: NT$1200 Kids meal: NT$600 02 8789 4088 more info
While going out to a nice restaurant and having somebody else do all the work is convenient, there is nothing like spending Thanksgiving at home with family and friends. For those of you who want to get a turkey to go, take a look at the following places. Just remember that most turkey orders will need to be done one to six days in advance. However, many of the specials are running all the way to Christmas!
In addition to the set meal you can get in-house at Carnegies, the restaurant is also offering a fully prepared and roasted turkey for NT$3200.
02 2325 4433
Toast has a super deal on take-out turkey. In addition to a 7 kilo, fully cooked bird, you also get all of the stuffing and sides for NT$3800, which according to the restaurant, will feed 10~12 people.
02 2737 0037
The Grand Hyatt offers both turkey and ham with all of the sides and desserts. Orders must be made well in advance and prices range from NT$5000~6000.
02 2720 1200 ext. 3198
Le Meridien also offers both turkey and ham with some sides for around NT$3000. Pies must be ordered separately, with a choice of pumpkin or pecan.
02 6622 5812
Sheraton Hotel’s “The Deli” offers an amazing range of choices for very good prices. This includes ham and turkey sets with all options, as well as single orders of whole hams and turkeys. Prices are usually around NT$3000~4000.
02 2321-5858 ext. 8373
The Landis Hotel is offering a turkey set for NT$3650. The special meal comes with french bread stuffing, cranberry sauce, cream corn, cinnamon/chestnut sweet potatoes, and pumpkin pie.
While these are some of the best deals for hotels in Taipei, almost any international hotel will be having Thanksgiving specials, so if there is one more convenient for you, it never hurts to pick up the phone and just ask!
Shangri-La’s “Marco Polo” lounge offers a romantic 5-course set meal as you gaze at the beautiful scenery of Taipei city from the 38th floor. Price is $3,800.
Marco Polo #02 2376 3156
Additionally, you can order a full turkey dinner set including sides and wine for take-away for $2800. Just make sure you order from the cake shop 48 hours in advance.
Cake Shop #02 3278 8888 ext. 5867
For those who are looking to do things from scratch, you can pick up a frozen turkey at one of the Costco’s around town. However, availability isn’t always consistent, so make sure you call first before taking a trip
Neihu Costco: 02 8791 0110
Xizhi Costco: 02 2690 7335
Zhonghe Costco:02 2242 5289
There are actually a lot of places having Thanksgiving specials around Taipei, so chances are your favorite western-style restaurant is doing something as well. So, what’s your favorite place to spend Thanksgiving in Taipei? Let us know in the comments section or send us a message!