Given the raging pandemic and unsettled election, Americans may find Bangkok the best place to Thanksgiving this year. Though many cannot travel home to see (and argue with) their loved ones (who, ideally, are skipping it this year), they can safely join the feeding frenzy with adopted families, local loved ones or others just stuck in town.
There are an array of venues in Bangkok serving up bird and fixings on this special Thursday day. We found a veggie option and even one set for Friday, for those time-zone purists out there.
A zero-waste cafe tucked inside a century-old building in old town, Nang Loeng will host a Thanksgiving meal that starts with a kombucha welcome drink and builds to a full buffet starting at 6pm along with live performances. Tickets are THB1,200 and must be reserved in advance.
6pm-8pm, Thursday, Na Cafe, Nakhon Sawan Road, Pom Prap Sattru Phai
K-Village bar and grill Roots will host a five-course turkey feast for THB1,700 (THB2,100 with drinks). Vegetarians won’t feel left out as the venue also offers a five-course vegetarian meal for THB1,400 and THB,1800 (with drinks). The menu is available online.
6pm-9pm, Roots, K-Village, Soi Sukhumvit 26, Khlong Toei
The annual event at this American bar and restaurant might be the closest to a true traditional Thanksgiving dinner as, from noon to 10pm, the joint will host a feast for THB995 (for kids, it’s half a price) that sees Thanksgiving staples of traditional roasted turkey, Virginia ham, pumpkin and pecan pies. More details are available online.
Noon-10pm, Roadhouse BBQ, Rama IV Road, Bang Rak
Moonshine Pub & Restaurant
Stepping into its 17th year of operation, Moonshine Pub & Restaurant on Soi Sukhumvit 7 will hold a classic Thanksgiving feast with homemade meals from 6:30pm. The meal specials, from deep-fried butterball turkey and honey-baked ham to deviled eggs, lasagna and sweet potato pies will be the courtesy of owners Wassana and Mitch, so expect a “while supplies last” scenario. Guests are welcome to buy drinks and tip the staff. More details are available online.
6:30pm onward, Moonshine Pub & Restaurant, Soi Sukhumvit 7, Watthana
Cuisine Unplugged, Pullman Bangkok King Power
Concerned about your turkey? An upscale kitchen in Soi Rangnam, Cuisine Unplugged, has the organic, free-range turkey from Khao Yai for you. The bird will be served alongside a huge selection of seafood, barbecue meats and many European and Asian dishes. The meal is currently THB1,050 per person when booking online.
Thursday, Cuisine Unplugged, Pullman Bangkok King Power, Soi Rangnam, Ratchathewi
Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok
This newly opened hotel in Soi Ton Son is cooking up a feast that will include traditional roasted turkey and bourbon-glazed ham. Price is THB8,500 for 10- to 12-serving meals and reservations in advance are required.
Thursday, Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok, Soi Ton Son, Pathum Wan
Alati, Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok
From 6:30pm to 10pm, this casual Mediterranean restaurant will serve a feast exclusively made by chef Carlo Valenziano, beginning with so-called Seafood on Ice that comes with Alaskan snow crab legs, New Zealand mussels and fresh oysters. The course then features cold cuts and cheese, a slow-cooked butterball turkey, baked and salted sea bass, pumpkin gnocchi and more. The dinner is THB2,500 per person, with an additional THB1,000 for free-flow alcohol, juices and other beverages. More details are available here.
6:30pm – 10:30pm, Thursday, Alati, Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok, Rama I Road, Pathum Wan
Viu, St. Regis Bangkok
The all-day diner inside the St. Regis Bangkok is going under the sea this year with meat far more juicy and succulent than any turkey on the market – lobster. For THB2,300, guests can enjoy this unconventional Thanksgiving dish as well as a classic roasted turkey with chestnut stuffing with the option of paying THB4,100 for free flow wine for two hours. The doors are open from 6pm until 10pm. Reservations are available online.
6pm – 10pm, Thursday, Viu, St. Regis Bangkok, Rajadamri Road, Lumphini
Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers
If you want a tried-and-true, eat family-style meal, you could do worse than the Royal Orchid Sheraton, a veteran of the Bangkok hotel dining scene located next to the Chao Phraya River. Sup on the usual Thanksgiving suspects of roast turkey, maple-glazed ham, baby carrots, sweet potatoes and bread stuffing. A family set dinner of four or six is THB3,000 or THB6,000 respectively. More details here.
6pm – 10pm, Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Soi Charoen Krung 30, Bang Rak
Friday! Next2 Cafe, Shangri-La Hotel
Too busy Thursday? Want to Zoom-join your family when it’s Thursday in the states? For whatever reason you would Thanksgiving on Friday, this riverside cafe inside the Shangri-La Hotel will feature a classic holiday menu curated by its talented culinary team. At the venue, diners can choose from international cuisine to Thanksgiving essentials such as roasted turkey with fresh herb stuffing, cranberry compote and pumpkin pie. Seafood lovers won’t disappoint as well with lobsters, Alaskan King Crab legs, oysters and more. Meals are THB1,980 per person. Kids from 6 to 11 will get a 50% discount. More information is available online.
6:30pm – 10:30pm, Friday, Next2 Cafe, Shangri-La Hotel, Soi Wat Suan Phlu, Bang Rak