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Turkey Day feasts both fowl and other fare

FOR Americans living an ocean from their homeland, this could mean a Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce or even a turkey.

However, this need not be the case for Americans living in Shanghai, as the city's many restaurants have embraced the holiday with special dinners next Thursday, each offering something a little different.

So, instead of celebrating this Thanksgiving at a pricey international hotel, why not try somewhere with less elegance and refinement, but where the company is fun and the food and drinks are plentiful.

Here are some of the best spots in town where expats can give thanks, surrounded by friends and family, this Thanksgiving.


Thanksgiving at Malone's has been a tradition in Shanghai for the past 17 years. It offers a classic turkey dinner with sides of smoked ham, baked yams and garlic mashed potato. The night has become so popular that it tends to sell out early, so make sure to book ahead.

Price: 300 yuan per person

Address: 255 Tongren Rd

Tel: 6247-2400

Boxing Cat Brewery

Beginning with a roasted pumpkin soup, the Cat micro-brewery keeps serving up unique and savory dishes including a drunken fall plum salad, a candied spiced sweet potato casserole and a holiday ham with spiked pineapple chutney. And turkey, of course. You can wash it all down with free-flow beer and wine.

Price: 400 yuan per person (100 yuan for kids)

Address: ? 82 Fuxing Rd W.

Tel: 6431-2091

? Si'nan Mansions, Unit 26A, 519 Fuxing Rd M.

Tel: 6426-0360


If you are looking for a smoke-roasted USDA turkey, then Bubba's is the only place in town. Their famous turkeys are surrounded by classic sides like garlic mashed potatoes, Southwestern-style gravy and corn bread stuffing. Leave room if you can for a pumpkin pie and enjoy all the wine you can drink with your meal.

Price: 300 yuan per person (150 yuan for kids 12 and under)

Address: ? 2262 Hongqiao Rd

Tel: 6242-2612

? Suite 101, 1101 Xueye Rd, Pudong

Tel: 2206-0338


If you are looking for a different kind of Thanksgiving dinner give MAYA's Mexican twist a try. The menu features tweaked versions of old favorites, including a seafood ceviche salad, chipotle cream corn mashed potatoes and an achiote roasted turkey with mole-style gravy. The real kicker is a glass of homemade, aged tequila eggnog.

Price: 296 yuan per person

Address: 568 Julu Rd

Tel: 6289-6889

Big Bamboo

Deal-seekers will want to check out one of the three Big Bamboo locations. The meal opens with a Caesar salad, followed by plates full of turkey, ham, potatoes and veggies and is closed with a freshly made pumpkin pie. All that food for just 188 yuan (US$29.46) leaves you plenty of money to spend on Big Bamboo's wide selection of specialty drinks.

Price: 188 yuan per person (90 yuan for kids under 10)

Address: ? 123 Nanyang Rd

Tel: 6256-2265

? Bldg 20, 3338 Hongmei Rd

Tel: 6465-9099

? 381 Hongfeng Rd, Pudong

Tel: 5030-1779

Masse Bistro & Bar

Another appetizingly economical option is the feast prepared by Chef Norris Chen at Masse's, complete with a roasted pumpkin soup, corn bread and a roasted turkey with gravy and raspberry sauce. For dessert there's a chocolate cake with rum raisin cream.

Price: 219 yuan per person

Address: 5-6/F, 221 Jinxian Rd

Tel: 5212-5971

Taco Mama's

For a complete Mexican flip on Thanksgiving, try Taco Mama's delivery service. Instead of the same old turkey dinner on a plate surrounded by sides, you get slow-roasted turkey, homemade stuffing, gravy, creamed spinach, mashed potatoes all wrapped up in a flour tortilla - a turkey burrito that's served with a side of cranberry salsa. A full meal includes a Waldorf salad and a slice of homemade pumpkin pie.

Price: 66 yuan per burrito (99 yuan per meal)

Tel: 400-821-3856


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