Shanghai Thanksgiving Round Up 2012: Dining Out & DIY Options

Shanghai Thanksgiving Round Up 2012: Dining Out & DIY Options
By Andrea Scarlatelli ,

Thanksgiving is almost upon us and, although it's technically an American holiday, this year it seems like everyone's getting in on the fun. And why not? The holiday, which falls on November 22 this year, presents the perfect chance to spend time with friends and family, give thanks for all our blessings, and, of course, eat some amazing food. There are plenty of options, whether you plan to dine out this year or try a more do-it-yourself approach. Read on for some of the best options around Shanghai, including both old favorites and some places that are new to the Thanksgiving arena.

Dine Out

1) Boxing Cat BreweryView In Map

One of the most dependently delicious (and popular!) options in Shanghai, Boxing Cat Brewery is once again hosting their "Low Country Thanksgiving" dinner with seatings at 17:30 and 20:30. This year, you'll find butter roasted turkey with "all the trimmings," plus mustard ham, brown sugar glazed ham, Andouille sausage croissant dressing, green bean casserole, cornbread pudding, pumpkin pie, and whatever else the chef feels like whipping up that day! The price is 400 RMB per adult (100 RMB per child under twelve years of age) and includes all you can drink beer, house wine, and soft drinks. This deal is good for all the Boxing Cat locations, so pick your favorite and make sure you call ahead to make a reservation.

Add: 82 Fuxing Xi Lu, near Yongfu Lu (branch location), Shanghai
地址:上海市复兴路82号, 近永福路
Tel: 021 6431 2091
Opening hours: Mon-Thu, 17:00-02:00; Fri, 15:00-22:00; Sat-Sun, 11:00-02:00

2) MadisonView In Map

If you're feeling a bit adventurous this year and don't mind going more upscale, Madison's "Thanksgiving Tasting Menu" should be a real treat. Headed by the estimable Austin Hu (voted this year's "Favorite Chef" in the "That's Shanghai" Reader's Choice Awards), 598 RMB gets you one glass of sparkling wine or homemade apple cider plus a multi-course menu with: Truffled pumpkin soup, pepitas with parmesan frico, winter salad, blackened prawns with root vegetables and charred lemon vinaigrette, sea bream broccolini with white beans and chorizo, butter poached turkey breast, sweet potatoes, brussel sprouts, cranberry gastrique, turducken roll foiegras, polenta, truffled gravy, cranberry compote, pumpkin tart brulee with holiday spice and sour cream ice cream. So yeah, should be a lot of good food with a non-traditional twist! Call ahead to book your reservation time.

Add: Bldg. 2, 3 Fenyang Lu, near Huaihai Zhong Lu, Shanghai
地址:上海市汾阳路3号2号楼, 近淮海中路
Tel: 021 6437 0136
Opening hours: Wed-Fri, 11:00-22:30, Sat-Sun 11:00-22:30

3) Shook!View In Map

This Swatch Art Peace Hotel-based restaurant has been getting quite a lot of press lately, and their Thanksgiving meal should keep the hype going. This one will be ideal for those who aren't looking to eat till they pop (if there are any people like that on Thanksgiving!) because the offerings are a bit more modest in both price (228 RMB per person) and the number of courses (three). Start with an organic garden salad, then follow up with turkey and "all the fixings" before finishing up with a slow-baked pumpkin cheesecake with graham cracker crust and cinnamon sweet cream. Seatings are anywhere from 18:00 to 22:30, so call ahead to book your spot.

Add: 5-6/F, The Swatch Art Peace Hotel, 23 Nanjing Dong Lu,near Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, Shanghai
地址:上海市南京东路23号5-6楼, 近中山东一路
Tel: 021 2329 8522
Opening hours: 11:30-14:30, 18:00-23:00

4) CharView In Map

At the top of Hotel Indigo, you'll find Char. While traditionally a steak restaurant, they're going upscale traditional this Thanksgiving by serving up some baked corn bread with maple butter, baby zucchini carpaccio with pine nuts and curry oil, smoky clam chowder with pacific oyster beignets and lobster juices, slow roasted calvados glazed turkey with a sage, pork and apple stuffing, dried cranberry relish, sweet potato and roasted cumin mash, buttered brussel sprouts with pancetta and pearl onions, and butternut pumpkin pie with cinnamon and chestnut ice cream. All this can be had for 648 RMB per person. Plus, if you book before November 15, they'll throw in a complimentary pre-dinner cocktail at the famous Char bar. Seatings can be arranged anywhere from 18:00 to 21:30. Reservations are a must.

Add: 29-31/F, 585 Zhongshan Dong Er Lu, near Dongmen Lu, Shanghai
地址:上海市中山东二路585号29-31楼, 近东门路
Tel: 021 3302 9995
Opening hours: 18:00-late

5) Shanghai City Bistro View In Map

Going the buffet route this year is Shanghai City Bistro who, as a bonus, are offering the Thanksgiving themed spread all the way till Sunday, November 25. Expect to see malt beer brined turkey with malt glaze, maple braised butternut squash with fresh thyme, roasted sweet potato wedges with smoked chile cream, pumpkin pie with pepita nut and ginger topping, and whatever else the buffet line can hold! The price is 258 RMB per person plus a 15% service charge.

Add: 555 Xizang Zhong Lu, near Fengyang Lu, Shanghai
地址:上海市西藏中路555号, 近凤阳路
Tel: 021 2312 9888


1) The COOKView In Map

For those in the mood to host Thanksgiving dinner at home, The COOK is offering a take home package for 1,280 RMB. This includes a roasted turkey, stuffing, honey glazed vegetables, assorted side dishes, and a couple different desserts. Each package is designed to serve up to six people, so keep that in mind when ordering. Also important to remember is that the first 30 people who order the take away a package get a 20 percent discount—so get on it! The COOK is also offering an in-house Thanksgiving meal as well. 

Add: The Kerry Hotel, 1/F, 1388 Huamu Lu, near Fangdian Lu, Shanghai
地址:上海市花木路1388号1楼, 近芳甸路
Tel: 021 6169 8888 (ext. 6321)
Opening hours: Daily, 06:30-10:30; 11:30-14:30; 17:30-22:30

2) Fields

Fields has built quite the reputation in Shanghai as a delivery-only food service focused on organic living. Their Thanksgiving offerings are no different, with three levels of packaging available. The small includes one deep fried chicken, designed to feed 4-5 people (500 RMB if you order before November 15; 680 RMB otherwise). The medium offers a deep fried turkey suitable for 10-12 people (2,000 RMB if ordering before November 15; 2,300 RMB otherwise), and the large offers a deep fried turkey in excess of six kilos that can serve 15-20 people. All of these packages include stuffing, brussel sprouts, mashed potatoes with gravy, homemade cranberry sauce, and a pumpkin pie. Call or visit their website to place an order. 

Tel: 138 1695 8551

3) Dakota View In Map

While Dakota may be famous for their brunch, the take away Thanksgiving dinner they're offering aims to rival the best around town. For 1,380 RMB you can get a meal designed to feed 10-12 people with one 6.5 kg turkey, your choice of three sides, stuffing, cranberry relish, gravy, and corn bread. Call early though, as they are only allowing six orders to be taken per day and they need at least a two day notice before you want to come pick it all up. Keep in mind that if you place an order and put down a 500 RMB deposit before Friday, November 16, they'll take 200 RMB off your bill. Dakota is offering an in-house Thanksgiving meal as well.

Add: 38 Donghu Lu, near Xinle Lu
东湖路38号, 近新乐路
Tel: 021 5403 8906
Opening hours: Mon-Fri, 11:00-01:00; Sat, 10:00-01:00; Sun, 10:00-22:00

4) Grand HyattView In Map

The Grand Hyatt is doing Thanksgiving in their usual grand style, offering either a 5 kg turkey (for the surprisingly reasonable price of 540 RMB) or an 8 kg turkey (860 RMB), and both come with chestnut and mushroom stuffing and homemade cranberry sauce. You can also add on extra sides like buttered brussel sprouts and baby carrots, garlic mashed potatoes, or roasted baby potatoes (for the not so reasonable price of 120 RMB) or a pumpkin pie (160 RMB). Be sure to plan ahead though, as takeaway meals have to be ordered a minimum of three days before you want to come pick it up.

Add: Jinmao Tower, 88 Shiji Da Dao,near YinchengZhonglu
世纪大道88号金茂大厦, 近银城中路
Tel: 021 5047 1234 (ext. 8778 or 8779)

5) Bloc

In what is possibly the most convenient Thanksgiving deal this year, Bloc will deliver directly to your doorstep. They're offering roast or smoked turkey, sausage and mushroom stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, assorted other sides, and a pumpkin pie for 1,980 RMB. The spread is meant to serve up to eight people and, for those who want to celebrate on the weekend, the deal is good up to Sunday, November 25. Call or email to place an order.

Tel: 021 6404 6685

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