BANGKOK — It’s after work and too late to braise that fall-off-the-bone turkey or whisk some roux-thickened gravy. That’s okay. Just head out the door, put on a dining napkin and enjoy.
For the Americans – or those ready to join in the feeding frenzy– an array of capital city venues are prepping feasts for Thanksgiving this week with a long list of dishes. Here are some picks for those who don’t have the time or inclination to roast their own turkey.
Bunker: This fine-dining restaurant and bar on Soi Sathorn 12 will offer three courses by chef Arnie Marcella starting at 1,500 baht. Meals will be available 1pm to 9pm on Nov. 23 at Bunker Sathorn.
Little Beast: Eat like it’s your last Thanksgiving. On both Nov. 23 and Nov. 24, this Franco-American restaurant on Soi Thonglor 13 will serve a long Thanksgiving menu including Brazilian gougeres, turkey roulade and pumpkin cheesecake ice cream pie for at least 1,800 baht per person.
204 Bistro: Located in the Swissôtel Le Concorde, 204 Bistro will host A Bountiful Thanksgiving 6pm to 10:30pm, with traditional roasted turkey, honey-glazed roasted ham and all the trimmings starting at 1,290 baht. The price includes various desserts such as pumpkin pie, apple pie, blueberry cheesecake and cookies.
Cinema Winehouse: Turbaconducken (a chicken inside a duck inside a turkey, all wrapped in bacon) returns this year to this bar-restaurant-alt cinema on Soi Samsen 1. Pricing and more information will be available online at a later date.
The Londoner Brew Pub: The Brit pub between sois Pattanakarn 30 and 32 offers a 990-baht meal deal that includes turkey roulade with pistachio nut stuffing, turkey thigh and baked asparagus with smoked bacon wrap.
Bourbon Street Bangkok: For two days – Nov. 23 and Nov. 24 – the classic Cajun and Creole restaurant in the Ekkamai area will offer its Thanksgiving selection, with highlighted jambalaya, oyster soup, crab cake, Cajun deep-fried turkey and duck among others. The buffet is 999 baht for adults and 500 baht for children.
Telephone Pub: A gay pub on Soi Silom 4 will join the American celebration with a buffet of turkey, ham, cheese and more for 895 baht.
The Sportsman Bar: One of the best places to watch sports on Thanksgiving Day. NFL, NBA, NHL games will be screened during Happy Thanksgiving Day with the bar offering a 99-baht Tiger beer pint and a 199-baht roast pork or beef special. Tomato soup and pumpkin pie will also go for 99 baht.
Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok: The luxury hotel’s Grand Thanksgiving will offer an unlimited international meal for 2,200 baht per head (1,100 baht for children). Dinner will run from 6pm to 10pm on Nov. 23 and will include roasted whole turkey, beef sirloin, rack of lamb with herbs and much more.
Marriott Cafe: This restaurant inside the five-star hotel JW Marriott Hotel Bangkok on Soi Sukhumvit 2 does not only serve traditional turkey, lamb and ham; but also dishes for seafood lovers ranging from oysters and river prawns to snow crab. The buffet is 2,400 baht per person and starts at 6pm on Nov. 23.
Goji Kitchen & Bar: Walk into the Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park and dine on everything from Butterball turkey and fresh seafood to pumpkin and pecan pies for 1,278 baht per person. For the occasion, the venue’s mixologists will create special cocktails Rum Mule, Rum Fashioned and Feeling Thankful.