With Thanksgiving being very much a North American holiday, we aren’t really within our rights to expect Nagoya to celebrate the third Thursday of November in quite the same way as it would be done in the US. However, like other international traditions such as Christmas, Hallowe’en or Valentine’s Day, there is a distinct feeling that Thanksgiving is growing in stature. Of course, it is not yet celebrated with the same gusto as the aforementioned holidays, but still, there are a few places dotted around the city that put on a Thanksgiving spread. Here’s a shortlist we’ve compiled of our favorites. Please note that most require reservations and any prices quoted may be subject to tax.
Midtown BBQ, perhaps Nagoya’s finest American barbecue establishment – and so popular is it that they have expanded into Yokohama and launched their own range of BBQ sauces available in Costco – will be returning with their ‘Smoked Thanksgiving’ event. This is what they have to say about it:
“Back by popular demand! This year we will smoke a bunch of whole Turkeys for Thanksgiving on Sunday, November 24th. Cooked over a real fire, with just a little bit of smoke to complement the flavors.
2500 JPY Smoked Turkey Plate
Smoked Crispy Skin Turkey, Smoked Sausage, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Mushroom Shallot Gravy, Stuffing, Grilled Seasonal Vegetables, Cointreau Fresh Cranberry Sauce, Butter Roll
500 JPY Fresh Pumpkin Pie”
They advise that seats are limited, so booking is strongly recommended.
Coat of Arms regularly holds international events, and their Canadian Thanksgiving in October went down like a storm. For Nagoya’s American community, they are putting on no less of a top-notch spread with a special turkey dinner for an extended period from November 19 to 24. You can choose from roasted turkey, smoked ham or half and half accompanied by creamy mashed potatoes, steamed veggies, baked onion, green peas, homemade stuffing, turkey gravy cranberry sauce and a homemade dinner roll all for 1,900 JPY.
Shooters Sports bar is so American that, should you cut it, it would bleed apple pie. But at this time of year that pie takes on more of a pumpkin flavor. This is what they have to say for themselves:
“Shooters is the longest standing American sports bar in Nagoya and is well respected in the community for having great food and drinks. With the largest seating restaurant/bar venue in Nagoya we strive in making any and all events meet our customers’ expectations.”
At the time of going to press, Shooters was yet to confirm their menu, so it is advisable to give them a call closer to the day to confirm details.
However, last year’s Thanksgiving dinner included turkey with cranberry sauce and gravy, country stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole and a dinner roll. A kid’s dinner was 1,600 JPY, a small was 2,100 JPY and a regular was 2,600 JPY. In addition, they offered a piece of pie for an extra 300 JPY.
This year Shooters will be serving their Thanksgiving dinner from November 28 to December 1. They also cater for full roast dinners (including turkey, of course) with sides for take out to host your own Thanksgiving dinner in your home with family and friends.
The Hilton in Fushimi holds a Thanksgiving buffet every year. At the time of going to publication their menu had yet to be decided, so please contact them closer to the date to confirm details. Last year’s highlights included:
Salmon, apple and avocado salad
Assorted Italian sausage with Hilton special pickles
Pork pastrami and pear compote, with tomato salsa
Roast turkey and cranberry sauce
Gateau Chocolat Pair Tart
Mont Blanc Brammantier in fruit sauce
The price of the buffet for adults was 5,553 JPY, for children aged four to six years 1,197 JPY and for children between seven and twelve years 3,173 JPY. All prices were inclusive of tax.