Tuesday, November 18, 2008

where can i find: thanksgiving 2008 in taipei?



Thanksgiving is once again right around the corner, along with suddenly cold wintery weather and on and off again rainy grey Taipei days.

Here are some options for finding turkey to-go or a night out. This is all found online, so please call to verify for yourself if you are making plans.

Last year, I ended up trying the turkey at Robin's Teppanyaki at Grand Formosa Regent. It was pricey and gourmet- meaning good but small portions with salad and dessert bar. I'm leaning towards trying the traditional sounding fare at Shangri-la this year... plus it's a buffet, so I'll definitely leave full. They better have enough sweet potatoes!

What did you all do last year? Any recommendations for other hungry readers? Share, share!

SHERATON TAIPEI HOTEL
No.12, Zhongxiao East Rd. Sec.1
(02)2321-5858 ext. 8373

The Deli, 1st FL
"Californian roast turkey" basket for NT$3,500
"Virginia Ham" basket for NT$3,000
"roasted rib eye steak" basket for NT$3,800

Baskets also comes with Bourbon whisky sweet potato, Hawaii pineapple grape dressing, pickles, mustard, roasted assort vegetable, Californian spicy corn chips salsa, and sweet potato breed.

The purchase for takeout baskets is from November 1 to December 28. Period for pick-up is November 4 to December 31.

SHANGRI LA FAR EASTERN HOTEL
201 Tun Hwa South Road, Sec. 2, Taipei

Eat in on November 27
Cafe, 6 FL
(02)2376-3238

Thanksgiving specialties will be available as part of the Cafe's buffet. Pumpkin Nut Bread, Cranberry Salad, Herb Rubbed Roasted Turkey, Traditional Stuffing with Corn and Thyme, Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Marshmallows and more. Desserts such as Walnut Praline Pie and Pumpkin Pie. Lunch NT$750 and Dinner NT$890 per person.

To-go
Cake Shop, 1 FL
(02)2378-8888 x5867
3 day advance notice needed, available for pick-up from November 23 to 27.

Herb Roasted Turkey with Sage Stuffing NT$3,500 (good for 5 to 6 people) also includes Giblet Gravy, Cranberry Dressing, Whipped Sweet Potatoes, Brussel Sprouts and Smoked Bacon

Also available are Honey Baked Ham, Mashed Potatoes with Butter, Pumpkin Pie and Maple Pecan Pie with prices starting at NT$150.


LAWRY's
Core Living Mall, 12 FL
NO. 138 Pateh Road, Sec 4
(02) 3762-1312

Nov 27, 2008
Glass of Special Selected Red Wine
Lawry's Freshly Baked Home Made Bread
Pan Cake Roll with Prawn
Lawry's Original Spinning Bowl Salad
Choose One of the Following
Atlantic Lobster Tail and Turkey Combo
or
Prime Rib and Turkey Combo
Served with Turkey Stuffing and Cranberry Sauce
Mashed Potatoes with Gravy
Dessert & Beverage
Pumpkin Mille-Feuille
Freshly Brewed Italian Coffee or Fine Hot Tea Selection
NT2,299+10% per person


GRAND FORMOSA REGENT
41 Chung Shan N. Road, Sec 2

azie bun
02-2523-8000 ext. 3157
3 day advance notice

“Sumptuous Turkey Basket To Go” includes a Roast turkey, side of Mixed Mushrooms, Fresh Glazed Vegetables and Mashed Potatoes (NT$3,000). Also available is 6-inch French Pumpkin Pie NT$500.

MIRAMAR GARDEN TERRACE
83 Civic Blvd, Sec 3

Garden Terrace
Eat-In
7-course Thanksgiving Set Dinner Menu- NT$1,200 per person includes Cream of Pumpkin Soup with Poached Quail Egg, turkey slices with gravy, potato and cranberry sauce, and traditional Pecan pie.

Take-out
(02) 8772-8800 extension 2311

November until 12/31/2008
3 day advance notice

Turkey Hamper Take Away NT$2,700 per set (good for 6 persons)

WESTIN TAIPEI
133 Nanking East Road, Section 3
(02) 8780-6565

The Whole Roasted Turkey (5 KG) with Cranberry delight includes a home-made sauce, roasted potato, creamed Brussels sprouts, butter cauliflower, chestnut stuffing, cranberry sauce, and red wine sauce.

The Virginia Honey Glazed Ham includes roasted potato, home-made muffin, cream Brussels sprouts, butter cauliflower, and pineapple red wine sauce.


CHECKER's at CAESAR PARK TAIPEI
across from Taipei Train Station on Chung Hsiao West Road
(02) 2311-5151, extension 2237 / 2238
from 11/15-12/31 (48 hours notice)

delivery available

Choose from
Whole Thanksgiving Turkey basket (5~7 kg) NT $3000 or
Whole Thanksgiving large Turkey basket(7~9 kg) NT$4000
Orders over NT$5000 include a free "bumpkin pie" (haha)

COSMOPOLITAN GRILL (thanks Raven!)
218 Changchun Road, Taipei
2508-0304

EAT IN
11/27 only, starts at 6:00PM
NT$790/person + 10% service

* Waldorf Salad
* Pumpkin Soup
* Roast Turkey with Mashed Potatoes Brown Gravy and Cranberry Sauce
* Homemade Pumpkin Pie

TAKE OUT
3 day advance notice. Limited availability

Whole Turkey (16 lbs) with Gravy NT$3000
Whole Turkey (16 lbs) with Stuffing & Gravy NT$3500
Whole Pumpkin Pie (9”) NT$650

In addition to turkey baskets, there's also roasted chicken, roasted ham, steamed mutton, Mongolian beef rib, Einsbein, and hand-made bumpkin pie (NT$480)

Check out additional information from last year's wrap up and the comments from readers who share information! I'm sure lots of places are the same more or less.. Here is the info from last year that I cut and paste from last year's wrap up.

TAKE OUT



azie at GRAND FORMOSA REGENT HOTEL (LAI LAI)
41 Chung Shan N. Road, Sec 2
(02)2523-8000 ext 3157
from 11/18 - 12/24 (at least 3 days notice)

Turkey Basket for Takeout (NT$2,750)
6kg turkey with stuffing, traditional cranberry sauce, turkey gravy, various steamed vegetables, mashed potato, and a special Turkey Leftover Cookbook for guests to transform leftovers.
7-inch Pumpkin Pie is also available for NT$500.

LANDIS TAIPEI HOTEL
41 Min Chuan East Road, Section 2
(02)2598-5558
3 days notice

Roast cranberry turkey (6 to 6.5 kg) for six or eight persons. (NT$3,200)
with 6-inch pumpkin pie.

EAT IN



LAWRY's
Core Living Mall, 12 FL
NO. 138 Pateh Road, Sec 4
(02) 3762-1312
thanksgiving day only

NT$2299 + 10%/per person
Roast Turkey or Prime Rib
Salad and bread
Asparagus with bacon
Pumpkin pie
Glass of wine

DAN RYAN's
8 Dun Hua North Road
Tel: (02) 2778-8800
thanksgiving day only $980/person

Seafood Pumpkin Soup
House Garden Salad
Roasted Turkey with mashed Potatoes (spuds !!!)
Turkey Stuffing & Homemade Gravy
Candied Yams, Green Beans, Cranberry Sauce
Pumpkin Pie

CAPONE's
No. 312 Chung Hsiao E Road, Sec 4
(02) 2773-3782
thanksgiving day ONLY
$790+10%/Person

Cranberry Salad With Gorgonzola , Chicken ,Walnuts
Bread Basket
Pumpkin Cream Soup
Roast Turkey With Cranberry sauce ,Honey Ham ,Candied Yam and Corn
Pumpkin Pie with Ice Cream Covered and Cranberry Sauce

After calling, the information on the web seems to contradict what the hotel is saying. There is only Take out from Azie, no eat in. The dining in at Robin's DOES include turkey though the website says it does not.

Robin's Grill and Teppan at GRAND FORMOSA REGENT HOTEL (LAI LAI)
41 Chung Shan N. Road, Sec 2
(02)2523-8000 ext 3157
on thanksgiving day ONLY
NT$1,350 per person for Lunch and NT$1,550 per person for Dinner. 12pm - 2pm
6pm - 10pm

Choose soup: Butternut pumpkin soup with crab and lemongrass flavor or Chestnut cream soup with morel and black truffle
Appetizer and salad bar: Pumpkin lune with scallop and rosemary butter
Choose main course: Roasted Thanksgiving Turkey with giblet gravy and cranberry sauce, glazed sweet potato, brussel sprout with bacon and truffle mashed potato
or
Roasted US prime rib of beef with bordelaise sauce,
or
Surf n’ Turf with 3oz fillet stea, half rock lobster thermidor and grilled halibut
Choose dessert: Pumpkin and blueberry cheesecake or Pecan pie with pumpkin sorbet accompanied by Coffee or tea.

COSMOPOLITAN GRILL (thanks Raven!)
218 Changchun Road, Taipei
2508- 0304
NT$800 + 10% for Person

Relish Tray
Pumpkin Soup
Roast Turkey with Mashed Potatoes, Brown Gravy and Cranberry Sauce
Homemade Pumpkin Pie

RUMORED TO HAVE:



EAT IN

CAFE at GRAND HYATT TAIPEI
No.2, Sung Shou Road, 1FL
Taipei, Taiwan
(02) 2720-1234
on thanksgiving only
Roasted turkey part of the regular buffet

Grandma Nitti's
8, Lane 93, Shi Da Road
Taipei 106 Taiwan
(02) 2369 9751
Eat in and take out

JAKE's COUNTRY CAFE
705 Zhongshan N Rd, Sec 6, Taipei
(02) 2871 5289
turkey for 6-8 people with stuffing and gravy NT$2300
Eat in and take out

TAKE OUT

JASON's SUPERMARKET at 101
5 days advance notice
Turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie and tea

COSTCO
frozen turkeys 6kg for NT$750-1000

DEAN AND DELUCA(at Breeze)
Breeze Center, B2F
N0.39, Fu-Hsin S Road. Sec 1
Taipei 105
(02) 6600-8888 ext 7301
$2800

SHERATON TAIPEI HOTEL
12, Chung Hsiao E Road, Sec 1
(02) 2321-5511

Basket with turkey and trimmings -stuffing, 3 different sauces, veggies, etc.- for 3000. Order 3 days ahead at least.

AGORA GARDENS HOTEL
No. 68, Sung-Kao, Rd.
02-8780-5168
Package for 2500NT

WELLCOME SUPERMARKETS

11 comments:

abstractpoet said...

What's the deal with the 11/22 only places? That must be something new this year. I mean, I understand you get more business on a Saturday, but come on, you can't let people have their Thanksgiving dinner on Thanksgiving?!

We did not really like Dan Ryan's when we went for Thanksgiving one year.

joanh said...

OOPS! I just cut and pasted last year's info to this year.. I didn't have time to research all the places, but they are probably all 11/27 only instead of 11/22 only (last year's thanksgiving date). Thanks for pointing that out

Yeah I remember you saying that about Dan Ryan's so I will avoid!

Anonymous said...

So glad you posted Grandma Nitti's! They are the best casual American restaurant in town, big portions and real homemade taste. And no need to dress up as for the hotels. Also, for delicious holiday pies, try the affiliate shop, My Sweetie Pie bakery & cafe, newly opened right across the lane from Nitti's [#3 Lane 93, ShiDa Rd, 02-3365-3448]. They might have special prices on whole pies, call & ask.

joanh said...

anonymous: thanks! have you had their thanksgiving dinner before? i've been totally wanting to try it.

also, what kind of pies does My Sweetie Pie have?? :)

joanh said...

i mean grandma nitti's, not necessarily their thanksgiving food!

joanh said...

anonymous: thanks! have you had their thanksgiving dinner before? i've been totally wanting to try it.

also, what kind of pies does My Sweetie Pie have?? :)

ray said...

The International Trade Building (World Trade Center) has takeout - 6kg Turkey, gravy, vegetables for $2,500. With Pumpkin pie is $2,800. Pre-order is necessary. Their quality is usually pretty good and sounds like cheaper than Taipei hotels.

joanh said...

ray: thanks for the tip.

dj said...

Anyone have an idea where to get a Taiwan-raised uncooked turkey? We've gotten imported frozen birds at Jasons and Costco in the past. This year I'd like try a local turkey if that's possible.

Everybody seems to figure they're available but no specifics about where to go yet.

joanh said...

for next year
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/feat/archives/2008/11/22/2003429249

Roger. said...

Holy crap you did a whole lot of research last year for this info.

Tip of the hat to you, madame.

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