You can have your turkey in Turkey … or France or Argentina or China.
Thanksgiving may be an all-American feast, but you don’t have to be in America to enjoy your turkey and trimmings. Restaurants around the world are stuffing their birds and mulling their cider, preparing to serve you their takes on the holiday classics. Here are some of the best–be sure to book ahead to assure a seat at the table.
The Restaurant at Brown’s
WHERE: London, England
It’s not every Thanksgiving you can say you dined in London’s oldest hotel, where Alexander Graham Bell made Britain’s first ever phone call. But the Restaurant at Brown’s in the quintessentially British Brown’s Hotel fits that historic bill. Here, head chef Mark Reid
is planning an extraordinary holiday fête with a British twist: woodland mushroom soup with cheese croutons and pecan nut relish; traditional roast free-range turkey with cornbread stuffing, maple baked sweet potatoes, autumn greens and cranberry sauce; and pumpkin and Peruvian gold chocolate pie with crème fraîche. All for £59.50 (about $78).
INSIDER TIPThere’s a vegetarian option as well: Sweet potato, leek and Montgomery’s Cheddar’s pie instead of the turkey.
[Editor’s Note: Brown’s former restaurant, HIX Mayfair, closed Nov.ember 1, 2017 and reopened as the Restaurant at Brown’s. The website has not yet been updated.]
Savoy Cabbage Restaurant & Champagne Bar
WHERE: Cape Town, South Africa
Savoy Cabbage in Cape Town is fabled for its fine-dining scene, a pioneer in crafting classic seasonal dishes from local ingredients. And its chef, Peter Pankhurst, worked a series of stages at top Washington, DC restaurants. So you can imagine the feast that’s being planned in this beautiful, exposed-beam space. For 530 Rand (about $38), you’ll be treated to eight succulent courses, including corn soup with mussels and sweet potatoes, and your choice of turkey breast stuffed with sage and onion or potato gnocchi with mushrooms, peas, and cranberries. And there’s no basic pumpkin pie here. Instead, dessert is baked pumpkin cheesecake with berry coulis with pumpkin seed brittle, followed by candy and fudge.
Breakfast in America
WHERE: Paris, France
Established in 2003 by a Connecticut native, Breakfast in America in the fifth arrondissement has become the place for Thanksgiving in Paris. For 36.95 euros (about $40) you’ll get soup or salad and turkey with all the trimmings, prepared with the freshest market ingredients, plus an apéritif and your choice of pumpkin, apple, or pecan pie. Reserve here. If you’re around any other time, Breakfast in America is known for its killer blueberry pancakes.
Since you’re in the land of culinary heaven, think about taking a cooking class at Paris Perfect to learn how to prepare the American feast yourself—with a French twist, bien sûr.
Bosphorus Terrace Restaurant
WHERE: Istanbul, Turkey
It seems appropriate to celebrate Turkey Day in Turkey, and one of the favorite places to indulge is the Hilton’s Bosphorus Terrace Restaurant. Overlooking the Bosphorus in the heart of Istanbul, this elegant, airy restaurant doesn’t advertise the meal as Thanksgiving as such, but you’ll find turkey, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie on the buffet line and plenty of expats converging to enjoy the feast. The cost of the meal plus unlimited local drinks is TL175 (about $46), but the stunning views are priceless.
Kansas Grill and Bar
WHERE: Buenos Aires, Argentina
BA may be famed for its beef asado, but anyone hankering for U.S.-style ribs or chops knows to head to Kansas Grill and Bar in Palermo. So it makes sense that come Thanksgiving, the American-style holiday meal cooked up here will satisfy the most nostalgic of yanquis: stuffed turkey; mashed potatoes with gravy; sweet potato puree; your choice of broccoli, glazed carrots, or creamy spinach; and good old-fashioned pecan pie.
INSIDER TIPBe sure to arrive early to ensure a seat; check Facebook for updates.
The Lodge at Ashford Castle
WHERE: County Mayo, Ireland
The pilgrims and Native Americans probably ate at rustic plein-air tables, but why not fête the occasion in a flamboyant castle? The Lodge at Ashford Castle in County Mayo, Ireland, set on 350 gorgeous acres of a 13th-century castle, is offering a festive traditional dinner complete with traditional Irish music. You can opt for dinner only for 70 euros (about $80), or a package, available from 249 euros (about $270) for two, that includes an overnight stay in the lodge and a full Irish breakfast.
INSIDER TIPIf you’re really into living like the rich and famous, stop by the lodge for dinner then opt for a luxe room in the castle itself.
Globe Bookstore & Café
WHERE: Prague, Czech Republic
This red-walled, art-bedecked space has been Prague’s expat literary epicenter for more than two decades. It’s the place to go for quiz night, literary readings, beer flights, and some of the city’s best home cooking (hamburgers, salads, pastas). And it’s also the place to be for an all-out Thanksgiving feast. Beginning at noon on Thanksgiving Day, you can enjoy pumpkin cream soup, turkey with apple sage stuffing, green beans, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin chiffon or apple pie. All that, for 575 Czech koruna (about $26).
INSIDER TIPReserve a table as early as possible. A take-away option is offered as well.
WHERE: Shanghai, China
An old-fashioned chowdown like Thanksgiving may be seem incongruous in this futuristic, forward-looking city, but plenty of restaurants are serving up the traditional holiday meal. One favorite go-to is Maya, beloved for its modern Mexican cuisine (seared beef tongue tacos, anyone?). The three-course Thanksgiving menu naturally comes with a South-of-the-Border twist: turkey prepared with a dried chili and agave rub; and pecan pie tartlets for dessert, all for Rmb350 (about $52).
QT Port Douglas
WHERE: Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia
Why not have some fun in the tropical sun with your turkey? The trendy QT Port Douglas in Queensland, near the Great Barrier Reef, is offering a gourmet Thanksgiving meal comprising clay-baked turkey, roasted yams, cast-iron-baked cornbread, and pumpkin pie. After, lounge by the lagoon-shaped pool with a pineapple colada or head out to the reef for some snorkeling among colorful fish. Your choice. Just remember to let your food digest for an hour before swimming.
If you find yourself in Sydney, hook up with the Sydney Expat Americans for an outdoor Turkey Day picnic potluck. Each year it’s a different spot, but it’s always gorgeous. This year, the extravaganza takes place on Saturday, November 25 on a grassy perch overlooking the Harbour Bridge and Opera House; be sure to RSVP on Facebook.
Brunello Bar and Restaurant
WHERE: Rome, Italy
The Thanksgiving menu at this posh restaurant in Rome’s five-star Regina Hotel Baglioni isn’t your grandmother’s traditional spread unless she’s a gourmet Italian chef. Here, Chef Luciano Sarzi Sartori is preparing an extravagant Italian twist on the typical holiday fare for the city’s jet-setters and glitterati (and those who aspire to be). We’re talking pumpkin and ewe ricotta cheese timbale on leek cream and crispy cheek pork and ravioli pasta stuffed with sweet potato flavored with Norcia truffle and Umbrian Pecorino cheese flakes. The turkey dish is a glamorous chestnut, apple, and plum stuffed turkey roll with a side of potato and shallot pie. And for dessert? Pumpkin-flavored crème bûlée with Amedei dark chocolate mousse and chestnuts. You’ll never view Grandma’s meal the same again.
WHERE: Moscow, Russia
If you’re in Moscow for Thanksgiving, don’t despair. You can feel every bit at home at this veritable diner shipped over from Florida in the ’90s. A hugely popular Thanksgiving destination since then, its menu features all the trimmings, including roasted turkey with apricot and cranberry stuffing, garlic and herbed mashed potatoes, broccoli and cauliflower au gratin, cranberry orange sauce, and turkey gravy, finished off with southern pumpkin pecan pie. An added perk: A live NFL broadcast for that traditional football fix.
The Starlite’s sister company, Chicago Grill & Bar, will also be serving up a three-course feast: oven-roasted turkey, giblet gravy, wild mushroom and sage stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, green beans with bacon and shallots, and dessert, for 3400 rubles (about $60).
Inbal Jerusalem Hotel
WHERE: Jerusalem, Israel
Just steps from Jerusalem’s old city, locals, expats, and visitors alike enjoy the Kosher Thanksgiving meal at the luxe Inbal Jerusalem Hotel, complete with a jazz band playing American tunes. Stay just for dinner, or go for the whole shebang: a three-night package including daily breakfast from $350 per person per night.
Craftworks Taphouse and Bistro Namsan
WHERE: Seoul, Korea
“Auntie Emily, please pass the beer,” may not be your typical Norman-Rockwellian Thanksgiving exchange, but you may very well overhear this sort of thing in Seoul. For years, expats have talked about the meal served up at Craftworks Taphouse, comprising all the fixings—turkey, homemade cranberry and raspberry sauce, creamy garlic mashed potatoes, sausage and apple stuffing, green beans with housemade tomato pesto, mac and cheese, apple pie and ice cream—and your choice of microbrew. This is the epicenter of Seoul’s craft beer revolution, after all. Dinner is being served November 23, 24 and 25, with two seatings offered Thursday and Friday at 6 pm and 8:30 pm, and one seating on Saturday. The price is 39,000 won per person (about $35), and bookings are accepted via Facebook (or call 02-794-2537).