Family Thanksgiving Feast: Where to Find Turkey-Coma-Inducing Feeds!
Back at home, Thanksgiving is generally enjoyed at home amongst close family, but for many of us, Beijing is our home away from home. And with Christmas just around the corner, we often opt to sacrifice one for the other, leaving us stuck in Beijing for Thanksgiving so that we can at least go home for Christmas. Never quite the same as grandma makes it, but on the bright side, at least you’re not short of options in Beijing! If you think about it, Thanksgiving in Beijing has the potential to be so much more fun than it would normally be at home. Leave the long hours slaving away in a kitchen cooking and dirty dishes to the restaurants and rally up all your friends to just enjoy the feast!
With terrific Thanksgiving spreads available around town throughout the week, there’s no reason why you have to pressure yourself into picking just one Thanksgiving meal. We’ve waited all year long for this incredible turkey feast to come around again so make the most of it this year and sign yourself up for as many as you can stuff yourself with.
Whether you’re American is irrelevant because no matter where you’re from, everyone can appreciate a holiday focused on phenomenal food and good company, and celebrate Thanksgiving with a home-style meal even if they are so far away from home.
Last year, my gang of foodies managed to eat through two turkey feasts in one day. Some might call us guilty of gluttony, but I just say we were fully embracing the spirit of Thanksgiving. A very special time of year for foodies like us, it’s a time where diets are thrown out the window and you indulge guilt-free in anything and everything that is Thanksgiving goodness.
The majority of the Thanksgiving meals happening around town are taking place on Thursday evening, but there’s a charity dinner for Bethel happening at Home Plate this Tuesday and there are still a handful of others that are available for multiple days and through the weekend following Thanksgiving. So I encourage all to go to town this Thanksgiving and put yourselves into multiple turkey comas.
Have a look through LDS’s top picks for Beijing’s best turkey feasts happening around town -
LumDimSum Thanksgiving Breakdown 2014:
(Listed in Chronological Order)
1. Pre-Thanksgiving Charity Dinner @Home Plate-
In the spirit of giving, Home Plate (South Sanlitun branch) is hosting an all-you-can-eat-and-drink charity dinner for Bethel China with all funds to support Bethel China’s preschool program, working with children who are blind or visually impaired. For only RMB 200 per person, you’ll be treated to a menu of pulled pork, smoked chicken, Texas Ranch Beans, Salad, and Cole slaw. Free flow drinks include unlimited wines by The Wine Republic (Xanadu Dragon Unoaked Chardonnay, and DeMartino Estate Merlot, and Momo Pinot Noir), Tsingdao draft and soft drinks.
RMB 100 of the 200 you pay will be donated to Bethel and there will be a silent auction for 4 art pieces by Miguel Payano and Shilan. Live music will be by Violet and the Hunters and Nathan Borofka.
Price: RMB 200 Per Person
RSVP: email firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: Unit 10, Electrical Research Institute (walk 100m past entrance of The Bookworm), Nan Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang district, 朝阳区北京机电院南三里屯路10号, map here.
Tel: 400 096 7670
2. Thanksgiving Lunch at Factory:
Enjoy a lovely 3-course turkey lunch at Factory for only RMB 120 (or RMB 140 with a glass of wine).
Available from 11:30AM-2:30PM, see the beautifully crafted menu below!
Price: RMB 120 for 3-course lunch or RMB 140 with lunch + glass of wine!
Address: FACTORY A1, North Business Building 797 Middle Street, 798 Art Zone A, 2 JiuXianQiao Rd.,Chaoyang, Beijing
Bookings with Luciana: 15611080348 or 5762-6451
Website: Click here for more details!
3. Thanksgiving @FEAST (Food by EAST hotel):
Guaranteed to satisfy without breaking the bank, talented Chef Rob Cunningham has prepped a gorgeous 3-course dinner with a choice of 3 different starters (ox tongue, stuffed mushrooms or roasted scallops), turkey with plenty of fixings and Pecan Pie for dessert.
Dinner will be served from 5:30 – 10pm, price is RMB 218+15% service charge. And on a festive note, they’ll also be selling a D-I-Y gingerbread house kit at Domain for RMB 150!
Price: RMB 218 + 15% for 3-course dinner + glass of wine/soft drink
Address: No 22 Jiuxianqiao Road, Chaoyang District
4. Jing-A & Traitor Zhou’s Thanksgiving Duo:
What a dream team this one is! With Max Levy working the kitchen, this Thanksgiving twist of a menu will be paired with fall seasonal beers like Jing-A’s Candied Pumpkin Ale, Toasted Chestnut Special Bitter and Vanilla Bourbon Stout. Better to book in a group of 4 as it’s RMB 800 split down to RMB 200 per person if you book in advance. They will host two seatings – one starting at 6PM and a later seating at 8PM.
Price: RMB 800 for a group of 4 people (or RMB 1000 for 4 if you don’t book in advance)
Address: 1949 The Hidden City, Courtyard 4, Gongti Bei Lu, Chaoyang district
RSVP: Call 6501 8883
5. Nola’s TURDUCKEN Thanksgiving Feast:
Brandon has made a Turducken!!!! Diners have a choice of Turducken (turkey stuffed with duck stuffed with chicken) or Glazed Ham for mains, 4 starters to share, 5 sides to share and choice of 4 different pie/cobbler desserts to choose from.
This is a FULL-ON Thanksgiving feast. Recommended for big eaters who hold classic Thanksgiving dishes close to their heart.
Price: RMB 258 per person
Address: A-11 Jianguomen Wai, Xiushui Street South, Chaoyang district, 建国门外秀水南街11号
RSVP: 8563 6215
6. Big Smoke’s 12-Hour Rotisserie Turkey:
Pretty straight-forward, this menu is a la carte so you can order as you please.
Big Smoke’s Thanksgiving menu allows you to pick and choose your turkey according to your foodie group size. They’ve divided up turkey portions to be split between 3 (RMB 350 Turkey portion), half turkey for RMB 700 (for 6-7 people) or RMB 1400 for a whole turkey (to feed 12). Turkey is complemented by a starter salad, three different sides including stuffing, mash and corn on the cob (RMB 44-52), and dessert (those sweet potato empanadas are AMAZE-BALLS) and each one can be ordered a la carte.
Price: Order off their special Thanksgiving menu, Reserve your Turkey Size in Advance
RSVP: 6416 5195
Address: Lee World Building, 57 Xingfucun Zhonglu (Across the street from April Gourmet, facing Frost Nails and Back Alley Bistro), 朝阳区幸福村中路 57号楼利世楼
7. Great Leap’s Unlimited Ham Feast:
Menu created by chef genius (and mastermind behind The Taco Bar) Kin Hong! This one is all-you-can-eat starting at 5PM at their #12 Brewpub location for only RMB 100!!! They’ll be doing dinner on both Thursday, Nov. 27 AND Saturday, Nov. 29th! Bring a dish to share, enjoy the communal meal and bring tupperware as there may be leftovers!
Tough to best this deal…only downside is that it’s ham instead of turkey (sigh). But they said that they’ll be deep-frying a couple of birds…?!
Price: RMB 100 all-you-can-eat!
Address: 12 Xinzhong Jie, off Chunxiu Lu, Dongzhimen, Chaoyang district, 朝阳区 东直门新中街乙12号, 近春秀路
8. Fatface’s Thanksbuddhakah:
Combining Thanksgiving with Fatbuddha’s Birthday (which only happens once every 7 years), this “fantastically phenomenal feast” will see Fatbuddha presenting his delicious Buddha’s brownies and, of course, turkey.
From 7:30PM-10:30PM, Fatface will be hosting their annual Thanksgiving dinner at Moishe House in Global Trade Mansion.
Price: RMB 208 per person (online special) or RMB 300 at the door
Address: Moishe House is Located just South of the East Entrance to The Place Shopping Center near Dongdaqiao (Line 6 Subway), Moshe House Beijing, Global Trade Mansion, Building C1, Apartment 22A | 摩西家，世贸国际公寓C1座22A室
Book your seat online here.
Turkey To Go:
If you’re looking for turkeys to take home, I highly recommend considering Chef Too or Factory.
Chef Too’s Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner -
“Every bird is roasted lovingly and with care, to ensure a moist and perfectly cooked turkey”
A full American set thanksgiving menu, Chef Too offers a very comprehensive range of Thanksgiving classics including both a Roast Turkey alongside Smoked Gammon Ham with Sweet Potato and Marshmallow Casserole, Mashed Potato, Steamed Broccoli, Cranberry Jelly, Giblet Gravy, Sausage and Herb Dressing Stuffing and both apple and pumpkin pie. Awesome. Just email or call them directly to order in advance.
12-14lb turkey is RMB 880 and a 18-20lb turkey is RMB 1,280, you can also order all sides a la carte, each ranging between RMB 32-88 each.
RSVP: 6591 8676; email@example.com
Address: Chaoyang Gongyuan Xilu, Chaoyang district, 朝阳公园西路枣营南里小区东门南侧
Factory’s Thanksgiving at Home:
Another excellent deal, this includes everything for a grand total of RMB 1,500 (delivery fee separate). Menu and details below!