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[The List]: Where to Stuff Your Face for Thanksgiving

Jam some pie in your damn pie-holes this Thursday night. It's the big listical of Thanksgiving dinners in Shanghai. Two-oh-one-seven edition.
2023-11-17 17:10:05
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Ahh, our first post-pandemic Thanksgiving. And that alone, is cause for ridiculous, out of control, celebrations of utter and complete... thankfulness.

It's the 'new normal' Thanksgiving – where family gatherings now involve virtual cooking showdowns, and dishwashing competitions with grandma are the new tradition (she still wins, by the way).

But let's talk turkey. If you're in Shanghai and wondering where to gobble up a feast, our Editor's Picks are so spot-on, well it's shareworthy content. These selections are guaranteed to induce much needed food comas. If you're not happy with our Editor's Picks, firstly, dude what? Serious? And secondly, click here for a full spread of Thanksgiving events and Turkey-To-Go deals.

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Loosen the belts Shanghai, and think about the things you have to be thankful for. Muah!


Thanksgiving Dinner deals

Celebrate Thanksgiving at Boxing Cat Brewery with their special Jumbo American Turkey Plate for just 288 RMB. The plate features a deep-fried jumbo American turkey (breast and leg), accompanied by traditional stuffing, creamy mashed potatoes, and roasted Brussels sprouts with a sherry vinaigrette. This festive feast is available for both dine-in and takeaway (pre-order required) at both Boxing Cat locations. Ensure a memorable experience by calling ahead for reservations, available exclusively on November 23rd. Boxing Cat Brewery, a favorite in Shanghai, offers a relaxed ambiance perfect for enjoying craft beers and American-style cuisine. It's the ideal venue to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal with friends and family, blending quality dining with a laid-back atmosphere.

Liquid Laundry is back with its highly anticipated Thanksgiving buffet, a feast that has become a staple for the holiday in Shanghai. Their spread includes a succulent Butter Roasted Turkey, a variety of traditional stuffings, and the rich flavors of hot Smoked Salmon. For those who adore comfort food, their Mac n Cheese is a must-try. And no Thanksgiving would be complete without the quintessential Pumpkin Pie, among other delectable desserts. Check out their flyer for the full array of offerings. For those preferring to celebrate at home, Liquid Laundry hasn't forgotten you – they're offering a Turkey-to-go option. Just give them a call to sort out the details. Remember, Liquid Laundry isn't just about great food; it's a buzzing hotspot known for its industrial-style ambiance and a big selection of craft beers. A perfect blend of traditional Thanksgiving fare with a modern, dimly light setting.

Bubba's, a beloved name in Shanghai's dining scene for their authentic southern fare, is gearing up for its popular Thanksgiving evening feast. This year, they're going all out with a buffet that promises a mouth-watering experience. The highlight? A choice between smoked and deep-fried Turkey, ensuring every palate is catered to. Joining the turkey is a succulent glazed ham, a variety of sides and stuffings, and much more – a true homage to the Thanksgiving tradition. Don't forget to check their flyer for a detailed look at the buffet offerings. As always with Bubba's events, reservations are absolutely essential – this feast is known to sell out quickly. Bubba's is renowned not just for its hearty American cuisine but also for its warm, inviting atmosphere, making it the perfect spot to indulge in Thanksgiving festivities. Be sure to book your spot to avoid missing out on this much-anticipated annual event!

Cages is set to host a generous Thanksgiving buffet starting at 6pm, packed with all the authentic flavors that define this festive season. Priced at 388rmb per person, this deal gets even sweeter with free-flow drinks available from 6-11pm. But that's not all – every guest joining the buffet will receive a bingo board, adding an exciting twist to the evening. After indulging in the feast, get ready for a chance to win prizes in a post-dinner bingo game. This event is more than just a dinner; it's an experience. Cages, known for its lively atmosphere and huuuuge space, is the a great option for a fun-filled evening. Remember, seats are limited, so make sure to scan the code on the flyer to secure your booking. Don't miss out on this unique blend of delicious food, festive drinks, and entertaining games – a complete package for a fun affair with friends and/or family.

For the first time ever, The Pearl is giving Thanksgiving a twist only they can pull off. Imagine turkey with a side of cabaret glitz! On November 23, the Pearl decks out in full Americana glamour, blending a lavish Thanksgiving Buffet Dinner with their signature RedBox Broadway Cabaret show. It's a fusion of fine dining and razzle-dazzle showbiz. The evening kicks off at 6pm, with the buffet spread ready from 6:30pm. Then at 7:30pm, as the last bites are savored, the stage lights up for an unforgettable performance until 9pm. Known for its extravagant ambiance and a knack for the dramatics, The Pearl is set to be an enchanting setting for this unique celebration. Mark your calendars and RSVP for an evening where indulgence meets spectacle, in a venue that's as much a star as the show itself. Trust us, this isn't just another date on the calendar – it's a slice of Thanksgiving you'll want to relive.

Goose Island ups the ante this Thanksgiving with a feast that's pure American indulgence. For 288rmb, their Jumbo American Turkey Thanksgiving plate is a cornucopia of holiday flavors: deep-fried jumbo American turkey, both breast and leg, nestled alongside traditional stuffing, creamy mashed potatoes, and roasted Brussels sprouts with a tangy sherry vinaigrette. Don't forget the roasted pan gravy and house cranberry sauce to tie it all together. But the feast doesn't stop there. In the run-up to Thanksgiving, Goose Island is also your go-to for Turkeys to-go, starting at 1488rmb, complete with all the fixings. Perfect for those looking to bring the holiday spirit home. Just give them a call for details and bookings. Goose Island, known for its laid-back vibe and love for good beer, is serving up a Thanksgiving that's as hearty and satisfying as their brews. This is more than just a meal; it's a celebration of all things Thanksgiving, Goose Island style.

Asador, nestled in the newly opened Conrad Hotel, blends modern charm with a rustic touch, offering the perfect backdrop for a Thanksgiving feast. It's more than just a dinner; it's an experience. Picture this: a five-course culinary journey starting with a Seafood Platter, moving to a Pumpkin Soup enriched with Hazelnuts, followed by choices between succulent Australian Wagyu Beef M3 and Boston Lobster, and culminating in their Signature Turkey Paella. True to its Mediterranean roots, Asador's seasonal ingredients and traditional grilling methods promise a sensory delight. Remember, you'll need to book your spot 24 hours ahead. At 598 RMB for two, it's a small price for a grand celebration. A tip: soak in the ambiance of the Conrad while you're there – it's an experience in itself.

This Thanksgiving, Lounge by Topgolf is serving up a buffet that's a hole-in-one for your taste buds. For 298 RMB, dive into an indulgent spread featuring a perfectly roasted turkey and a smorgasbord of mouth-watering sides. And for those who like to pair their feast with a toast (or several), an additional 158 RMB gets you free-flow drinks. This laid-back yet lively venue is the perfect spot to swing into the holiday spirit. Remember, reservation is key; simply scan the code on their flyer to book your spot. Topgolf isn't just about the sport – it's about savoring moments, and what better occasion than Thanksgiving?

Turkey To Go

For the ultimate Turkey feast delivered straight to your door, look no further than Jade on 36 at the Pudong Shangri-La Shanghai. We're not exaggerating when we say their Turkey hamper is our top pick – and that's saying something, considering the tough competition. Chef Olivier is at the forefront, crafting a menu that's nothing short of spectacular. The game-changer? Turkey stuffing nestled under the skin, crisping up beautifully in the oven, and a turkey that's been lovingly brined overnight. Plus, their stuffing is genuinely top-notch. Speaking of Jade on 36, it's no secret they're gunning for a Michelin star, and this Turkey to-go makes it clear they're serious contenders. As for size, you're spoiled for choice: tender turkeys ranging from 5-7kg for smaller gatherings to 8-10kg for a bigger crowd. Each set is perfectly paired with a selection of sauces, garnishes, and sides, courtesy of Chef Olivier's expert touch. Remember, it's more than just a meal; it's a Michelin-star-worthy feast at your fingertips.

Conrad Shanghai is a new addition to this list! Available now through December 25, 2023, you can choose between a classic Roast Turkey set and a delectable Honey Roasted Bone Ham set. Just make sure to plan ahead, as they require a 3-day advance booking. What's more, they've sweetened the deal with a complimentary delivery service for anyone within a 5km radius of the hotel. Prefer to step out? You can also pick up your festive feast at Copper Bistro, located on the ground level of Conrad Shanghai. This offer is ideal for those seeking the comfort and joy of a holiday meal without the hassle of cooking. Conrad's culinary excellence, right in the comfort of your home – what more could you ask for this festive season?

Jing An Shangri-La, Shanghai is making this festive season a breeze with their sumptuous take-away offerings. Available until December 25, 2023, their Roast Turkey is the centerpiece you need for a memorable family feast. Imagine a table graced with a succulent Roast Turkey, flanked by classic accompaniments like Pumpkin Pie and an assortment of side dishes – all without spending a minute in the kitchen. This year, the hotel has curated two special festive hampers, each designed to bring joy to your holiday gatherings. Just remember to reserve your hamper 3 days in advance. It's the perfect solution for those looking to spend less time prepping and more time cherishing moments with friends and family. With Jing An Shangri-La's culinary expertise, you’re not just getting a meal, you’re getting a festive experience delivered to your doorstep.

Adding a bit of a twist to our curated list, Epermarket, Shanghai's trusted English grocery delivery service, is a surprisingly fantastic option for your Turkey-to-go needs. They offer a variety of choices for both turkey and accompaniments, all available for pre-order through their user-friendly app. What sets Epermarket apart is the sheer customizability of their offerings – you're not just ordering a meal, you're designing your perfect Thanksgiving feast. For a hassle-free celebration, check out their cooked Turkey with sides, suitable for 5-6 people, priced at 1298 RMB. But that's not all – they also offer frozen turkeys, delicious pumpkin pies for 98 RMB, creamy corn, classic Mac n Cheese, and much more. Plus, let's not forget the essentials for any good party: a wide selection of wines, spirits, and even mayonnaise. Epermarket is your one-stop-shop for everything you need to create a memorable at-home celebration.