Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Traveling overseas come late November?
Doesn't mean you'll miss a traditional turkey dinner.
Thanksgiving has long been one of the most celebrated American holidays:
marked by everything from turkey to pumpkin pie, from football to the Macy's
Day Parade, and from being thankful to being stuffed, there's something for
everyone. While the day's festivities can be hard to replicate outside of the
U. S. , certain restaurants around the world have taken it upon themselves to
try—and its something we're thankful for. Read on for our
ever-expanding list, or jump ahead to your city of interest: Beijing; Berlin;
Cape Town; Copenhagen; London; Melbourne; Milan; Paris; Shanghai; Vancouver;
Seoul; and Tokyo
Courtesy The Brickyard Beijing If you think traveling in China
means missing Thanksgiving, think again. The large number of American expats
living in Beijing ensures that a surprising number of turkey dinners and
promotions pop up every November at restaurants, hotels, and breweries. Here
are 10 places to celebrate Thanksgiving there this year. The Big Smoke
Bistro This popular Xingfucun brasserie is pulling out all the stops,
serving a honey agave-glazed turkey with red wine gravy. Turkey portions are
available for small tables of two or three people all the way up to groups of
14. Sides, like the portobello and chorizo stuffing with pretzel crumble, and
the jalapeño mac n' cheese topped with garlic crumbs, cost extra ($5-$7) each
and are suitable for sharing between two to three people. For dessert,
there's pumpkin empanada with salted caramel ice cream topped with peppercorn
honey. Wash it all down with one of the restaurant's signature cocktails, or
a pint of Jing A craft beer (from$28 for a small turkey for two to three; Lee
World Building, 57 Xingfucun Middle Rd. , Chaoyang District; 86 10 6416 2683)
FEAST by EAST Beijing If you're planning to visit 798 Art District,
FEAST's Thanksgiving dinner would make the perfect end to the day. Located on
the second floor of a stylish business hotel, the airy all-day restaurant is
hosting a relatively restrained and reasonably priced affair, with pumpkin
soup to start, roast turkey with chestnut and herbed bread stuffing for the
main event, and pecan pie for dessert ($30 per person; 22 Jiuxianqiao N Rd. ,
Chaoyang District; 86 10 8426 0888). Great Leap Brewing For the fifth
year running, Great Leap is throwing a Thanksgiving bash "with socialist
principles," as put by founder Carl Setzer. The original Doujiao Hutong
branch will be the scene of a potluck where the brewery supplies a deep-fried
turkey and guests bring sides (free for anyone who brings a side to share; 6
Doujiao Hutong, Dongcheng District; 86 10 5717 1399). Jing A Craft
brewery Jing A and the cheekily named "nonkosher delicatessen" Traitor Zhou's
are teaming up for Thanksgiving with a laid-back spread of fried chicken and
Cajun-style side dishes. Guests can sit either inside the Jing A Taproom or
in the 1949 Hidden City courtyard just outside the brewery. There will be two
dinner services—one from 6 to 8 p. m. and another from 8 p. m. to late
(from $126 per person;86 10 6501 8883) Capital M With sweeping views of
Qianmen, the venerable Capital M will leave you in no doubt that you're
celebrating a quintessentially American holiday in China. Though pricing and
menu were unconfirmed by publication time, dinner will be a special affair if
last year's three-course menu is anything to go by (call for price; 86 10 6702
2727). The Local Sanlitun's The Local is one of the few places in the
city to have both vegetarian and non-turkey options for Thankgiving. Though
this year's menu and prices haven't been confirmed yet, owner and manager Kenn
Bermel assured T+L it's happening. Last year, there was a choice of turkey,
roast prime rib or beef, or eggplant lasagna. The Westin Beijing Financial
Street For Thanksgiving, the Westin is hosting a lavish Thanksgiving dinner
with roast turkey, honey-glazed ham, chestnut and mushroom soup, beef
tenderloin with cream cheese polenta, cinnamon pumpkin pie, and more ($61 per
person) The Orchard Located in the sleepy village of Hegezhuang, The
Orchard is far removed—both geographically and conceptually—from the other
venues on this list. Much of the produce used in the restaurant's popular
Sunday brunches is grown on site. For this celebration, The Orchard will host
a dinner buffet with roast turkey with all the trimmings and a variety of
sides. After dinner, guests can walk it all off with a stroll around the koi
pond ($55 per person; Hegezhuang Village, Chaoyang District; 86 10 6433 6270)
Lily's American Diner Ah, Lily's. What would expats do without this
cheap, reliable American-style diner? For the low price of $29, you get a
plate of genuine imported U. S. turkey with gravy, sides (including mashed
potatoes), dessert (apple pie, pumpkin pie, brownie, or cheesecake), and a
glass of red or white wine. The Brickyard Last but not least, nothing
says Thanksgiving in Beijing like a turkey dinner at the foot of the Great
Wall. Stylish eco-retreat The Brickyard has two options: a standalone
Thanksgiving dinner and a dine-and-stay package. Dinner highlights roast
turkey with all the trimmings, a dessert buffet, live jazz, and a supervised
kids' playroom. A bus service will be available to dinner guests (from $61
per person) —Sijia Chen Want to know more about the above? Read
the full scoop here.
  Berlin Midtown Grill Head to Berlin's Midtown Grill,
which specializes in steak, chops and seafood, but turns out a mean
celebratory feast come November: think a buffet of crispy, buttery stuffed
turkey, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, gravy,
and more. For $130, you can also take your gala to go and host your very own
holiday—without all of the prep work. —Katharine LaGrave
  Cape Town Savoy Cabbage Enjoy a riff on classic holiday
fare at the award-winning Savoy Cabbage, one of Cape Town's most beautiful
restaurants: once scheduled for demolition, the space today largely comprises
exposed beams, large windows and bricks from three different centuries. For
around $30, you'll be treated to canapés, chowder, fudge, spiced pumpkin
crème brulee, and have your pick of roasted turkey breast with sausage and
stuffing or root vegetable risotto with cranberry sauce. —Katharine
LaGrave
  Copenhagen MadMad Mad Bodega Break bread with strangers at
Copenhagen's MadMad Mad Bodega, whose Turkey Day festivities are not just a
meal, but an event: learn about the history of Thanksgiving and its
traditional foods, try arts and crafts by making an old-fashioned turkey hand,
and give thanks, in a group, before digging in family-style to turkey,
stuffing, mashed potatoes, pies and trimmings. With an emphasis on local,
seasonal and organic products, a meal at MadMad Mad's won't make you feel as
guilty about going back for more. —Katharine LaGrave
  Courtesy
of Melt Room London Thanksgiving might be a U. S. holiday,
but just as most things tend to travel across the pond, its celebrations have,
too, with more and more London restaurants giving nod to this one with
dedicated Thanksgiving menus full of all-American flavors. Come November
26, no Londoner will struggle to get a slice of pumpkin pie.  Pleasing
both expats and keen adopters of the holiday alike, we've rounded up a guide
to the very best places to celebrate the holiday in London this year. Big
Easy, Covent Garden Big Easy is somewhere you go hungry and leave
stuffed. This Thanksgiving, it's going to be doing itself proud. The relaxed
venue is the perfect place to with a group, to indulge in what it's calling
"the ultimate Thanksgiving feast. " The $46 menu includes butternut squash
soup, farm-to-table herb-roasted turkey with southern slow cooked gravy,
Grandma Emma's apple cranberry chutney, sweet potato mash, green bean
casserole, and coleslaw. Save room for dessert though, for it's the American
favorite: key lime pie. The Blues Kitchen, Camden The Blues Kitchen
feels admirably American at the best of times, with a menu full of Texan
barbecue and a bourbon collection of size, but it's really amping things up by
hosting an all-singing, all-dancing Thanksgiving party. From 12 p. m.
to 1 a. m. , a traditional three-course meal with all the trimmings ($46)
will be served, alongside free-flowing pumpkin ale and bourbon cocktails, and
live rhythm 'n' blues that'll have you on your feet all night. Hotel
Chantelle, Marylebone It would be wrong for London's newest New York import
to let the holiday go by without a bang. Whilst
the Marylebone restaurant is keeping its Thanksgiving offering under
wraps for now, we know it will be family-style dining, where there's sure to
be turkey, yams, and of course, plenty of bourbon cocktails rolling right
through to close at 3 a. m. Hubbard and Bell, Holborn Hubbard and Bell,
the Brooklyn-esque diner in The Hoxton Holborn, will be serving family-style
fare this year, with its shareable Bring Me Food menu. Starters include
venison carpaccio and kale Caesar salad; mains feature smoked turkey with
sprouts and pickled cranberry, and roast beef with baby beets.  Come
dessert, it's all about the pumpkin and pecan pie (though proud Brits can show
some love to their turf with a classic British cheese plate). Courtesy of
Melt Room Melt Room, Soho Melt Room (pictured, above) is offering
nostalgic New York expats a taste of home with a specially crafted
Thanksgiving cheese melt. The gourmet sourdough sandwich packs a punch, with
pulled turkey, roast sweet potato, stuffing, and Monterey jack cheese, and is
served with a side of cranberry sauce. Mount Street Deli, Mayfair
Serving up an array of American delights for those on-the-go, on November 26
Mount Street Deli will be getting in on the action. Swing by to pick up some
creamy crab chowder, a turkey ballotine sandwich, or roasted Brussels
sprout salad with sweet potato, green beans, cranberries, and a
maple-pecan dressing. Similarly, home-baked pumpkin pie will be the perfect 4
p. m. refuel. The Narrow, Limehouse The Narrow (pictured, top), a
restaurant that offers quintessential views of London's Thames, is putting on
a classic American spread. A $54 three-course menu features herb-stuffed
turkey with honey roasted root vegetables, pigs in blankets, cornbread, and
cranberry sauce. For dessert, it's pecan pie, served with boozy bourbon
vanilla ice cream. The Richmond, London Fields If you're not
planning on going all out for Thanksgiving but want to give a nod to the
holiday, make that nod a slice of pumpkin pie at The Richmond. The
oyster bar and restaurant is one of East London's most stylish new eateries,
and speaking from experience, we can say with confidence that its pumpkin pie
is as good as its tuna tartare. Sea Containers at Mondrian London, South
Bank Sea Containers at Mondrian London on the South Bank is dishing up
a delight this with a $100 tasting menu, devised by New York chef
Seamus Mullen. It features autumnal American flavors, with the likes of
roasted celeriac soup with winter truffles, maple glazed ham, roasted norfolk
turkey, and pumpkin pie cheesecake. Soak up the spirit while overlooking
the beauty of the Thames. —Alice Tate Want to know more about
the above? Read the full scoop here. HIX Mayfair Dine in London
luxury at the HIX Mayfair, a restaurant from celebrated chef and restaurateur
Mark Hix housed in Brown's Hotel. Founded nearly 180 years ago by Lord
Byron's butler, Brown's Hotel is the city's oldest hotel: according to its
history, it was here that Alexander Graham Bell made Britain's first ever
telephone call. Unsurprisingly, traditional Thanksgiving fare at HIX's comes
with an upscale twist: think Portland Crab and sweetcorn broth, free-range
turkey with autumn greens and cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie with Peruvian
Gold chocolate. —Katharine LaGrave
  Melbourne In the southern hemisphere it can be difficult to find
turkey, cranberry, and all the trimmings until you've reached Christmas Day.
Thankfully, Misty Singer, a former Arizonan, has had the Thanksgiving holiday
covered for the past 10 years. Misty's Diner Her restaurant, Misty's
Diner, feels like it has been dropped straight out the 1950s into the suburb
of Prahran, about four miles from Melbourne's city center. This year, on
November 26, at least 150 guests (about half of them expat Americans) will
take a seat in the red and green booths, watched over by images of Elvis and
Marilyn Monroe, and pay $36 for the all-you-can-eat buffet of turkey, smoked
ham, green bean casserole, mac and cheese, mashed potato and gravy, sweet
potato casserole with marshmallows, cornbread, and all the other trimmings.
"We also have all the pies you can imagine, including pumpkin and pecan,
and everyone eats far too much," Singer says. To provide the full, authentic
Thanksgiving experience, the restaurant will also show the NFL on the big
screen. There is one thing about Thanksgiving Misty can't control, and that's
the weather: by the end of November, temperatures in Melbourne will have
reached a sultry 78ºF. —Carrie Hutchinson
  Milan California Bakery Though turkey isn't a standard
offering on Italian menus, the country known for its cuisine and hospitality
keeps visiting Americans in mind come fall. In Milan, the casual
restaurant California Bakery will offer a special Thanksgiving dinner at three
of its Milan locations on November 26, starting at 9 p. m. The set menu
includes a radicchio salad with mushrooms and artichoke carpaccio; pumpkin and
chestnut soup; turkey with prune stuffing, gravy, and cranberry sauce; sweet
potatoes; sautéed spinach; and a choice of triple chocolate pumpkin pie or
apple and frangipane pie. Water, a glass of prosecco, and a glass of wine
are also included. There is a kids' menu (hamburger, french fries, and a
brownie) for $10, while the adult menu costs $61 for dining in, and or $44 for
takeout. The dinner is available at the Viale Premuda, Corso Garibaldi, and
Sant'Ambrogio locations. Reservations required. —Ken Pope
  Getty
Images Paris Breakfast in America Dig in at Paris's
Breakfast in America, which has been dishing out classic diner fare since it
was first opened by Connecticut native Craig Carlson in 2003. Now with three
outposts in the French capital, Breakfast in America has become as renowned
for its blueberry pancakes as it has for its annual Thanksgiving dinner: For
approximately $40, diners receive an aperitif, starter, turkey plate with
gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, vegetables and cranberry
sauce, and a choice of homemade apple, pumpkin or pecan pie. —Katharine
LaGrave
  Shanghai Although Shanghai probably wouldn't be the first
destination springing to mind for most travelers when considering where to
spend Thanksgiving, the city has a glut of restaurants offering traditional
and contemporary festive meals that leave diners thankful for, well, America.
Make sure to book in advance for one of these authentic Thanksgiving lunches
or dinners. Bubba's Bubba's Texas-Style Barbeque & Salon is once
again apple-wood smoking its delicious turkeys. Guests can dine at one of
their two Shanghai locations for a dinner buffet that includes traditional
sides such as corn chowder, cornbread stuffing, and pumpkin pie. Liquid
Laundry The American gastropub Liquid Laundry is offering a four-course
tasting menu. Highlights include foie gras with a chestnut sauce, deep fried
turkey, and maple-candied yams with marshmallow. The bar has also brewed a
special beer for the occasion, the Good Gourd Y'all, a dry Saison ABV with
notes of seasonal spices. Boxing Cat Brewery Sister chain, Boxing Cat
Brewery, has also created a special brew for the festive period, called
Smashed Pumpkin, with pumpkin additions and pumpkin pie spices. All three
restaurants in the BCB chain will be hosting buffet dinners with free flow on
their craft beer and house pours. There will be two separate dinner sittings
throughout the evening. Wishbone The popular French-style rotisserie
joint Wishbone (888-3 Changde Road, near Changping Road. Tel: +86 021 6257
8511) will create their version of an American-style Thanksgiving. Sticking
to what they do best, slow-roasted chicken, the restaurant takes an
alternative twist to Thanksgiving with the addition of crunchy, deep-fried,
pulled pork mac and cheese, smoked bacon gravy, and sweet potato Banoffee pie
with hawthorn syrup and a shot of Jameson. The restaurant's other classic
sides, such as okra and cherry tomatoes with lemon parsley vinaigrette, roast
pumpkin and tahini, and asparagus with slow poached egg and Parmesan, will
also be on the set menu. Egg All-day-breakfast restaurant, Egg (12
Xiangyang Bei Road, near Julu Road), will let their guests eat turkey for
breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The cute coffee shop and eatery will be serving
the bird with mashed potato waffles, gravy, and pickled cranberry relish.
Grand Brasserie If looking for a traditional yet decadent Thanksgiving
buffet, the warm and inviting setting of Grand Brasserie at Waldorf Astoria
Shanghai on the Bund has the service and standards to live up to the highest
of expectations. With a smart dress code, the traditional dinner buffet, with
turkey, will be served to the delightfully smooth sounds of the resident Jazz
band. Cachet Restaurant Thanksgiving buffet dinner at the chic and
sophisticated Cachet Restaurant in The Langham Shanghai, Xintiandi will be a
traditional affair. The buffet will naturally feature a roast turkey, roast
potatoes, Brussels sprouts, pumpkin mash, and honey glazed carrots with gravy
and cranberry sauce. The Brew Possibly the most family friendly option
on the list, The Brew at the Kerry Hotel Pudong, Shanghai, will offer
family-style lunches and dinners with a golden-roasted turkey main course,
along with buffet appetizers and desserts—guaranteed to keep the kids, and
the young at heart, entertained. —Nyima Pratten
  Courtesy
of Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver Vancouver Vancouver celebrates
Canadian Thanksgiving in October, but that doesn't mean the city's restaurants
overlook the American rendition completely. This year, four elegant spots
will lure American diners craving a traditional meal come November 26. We got
the details on what they plan to serve. Ancora This lovely waterfront
restaurant is just a few months old and features a view of Granville Island.
Light and bright, it sports a raised ceiling of paneled glass looking over a
sleek and uncluttered dining room. This year, their dinner menu will offer
turkey two ways: brown butter-roasted breast and jus-glazed leg served with
vegetables. Dessert will be the smooth, decadent Ancora chocolate bar ($45
per person). Bacchus The restaurant at the luxury Wedgewood Hotel
& Spa has a tradition of offering an American Thanksgiving dinner every
year. This November, the menu includes butternut squash soup made from local
produce, and roasted, free-range turkey with cranberry compote, stuffing, and
potatoes ($57 per person). Amid the lush dining room with intricately woven
rugs, velvet-covered settees, and oversize oil pantings on the walls, it will
feel like a true event. Rosewood Hotel Georgia The historic Rosewood
Hotel Georgia will offer a turkey plate with the traditional trimmings at
their 1927 Lobby Lounge. The Turkey Day dinner will also be available for
in-room dining for those staying at the hotel (call for price). Yew
Seafood + Bar Located inside the Four Seasons hotel, the expansive and
contemporary Yew will offer a turkey duo of Fraser Valley turkey breast and
leg confit, served with vegetables and stuffing. Things start off with a
pumpkin soup, and there are seafood and beef options on the menu, too, but
don't forget to save room for the traditional pies ready for dessert ($45
per person). —Aileen Torres-Bennett Want to know more about the
above? Read the full scoop here.
  Seoul Suji's Take on the Thanksgiving buffet at
Suji's, a New York-style restaurant and deli celebrated year-round by expats
in Seoul for its bagels, pastrami and roast beef. For roughly $50, you can
gorge yourself on everything from the traditional (roast turkey, roast beef,
mashed potatoes, herb stuffing) to the novel (seafood chowder, Spanish
canapés, and nachos). With two seatings and a two-hour window, you're bound
to get your fill. —Katharine LaGrave
  Tokyo Beacon Try Tokyo's take on the American holiday at
Beacon, a sleek wood and glass space that delivers elegant interpretations of
Turkey Day classics. Start with parsnip soup and homemade bacon, and smoked
scallops and crispy prosciutto, farro, apple, mushroom salad before moving on
to the main event: roast turkey with a stuffing of chorizo, dried cherries and
pecans. Dessert is an ode to the pumpkin, with diners receiving both pumpkin
cheesecake and pumpkin gelato to finish off the meal. —Katharine LaGrave
Thanksgiving may be one of the biggest American holidays, but
there are restaurants around the world celebrating the day. Read on for
details.

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