With Thanksgiving being very much a North American holiday, we aren’t really within our rights to expect Nagoya to be 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 short list 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, 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 smoking a bunch of whole Turkeys for thanksgiving weekend on November 24th and 25th. Cooked over real fire, with just a little bit of smoke to complement the flavors.
1900 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
2900 JPY Smoked Jumbo Plate (more of everything)
Smoked Crispy Skin Turkey, Smoked Sausage, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Mushroom Shallot Gravy, Stuffing, Grilled Seasonal Vegetables, Cointreau Fresh Cranberry Sauce, Butter Rolls
500 JPY Fresh Pumpkin Pie
We will be serving Turkey from 6pm til we run out!”
They advise that seats are limited, so booking is strongly recommended.
A regular haunt for us at Japan Info Swap and our friends at More Than Relo, Coat of Arms regularly holds international events, and their Canadian Thanksgiving in October went down a storm. For Nagoya’s American community, they are putting on no less of a top-notch spread with a special turkey dinner from November 22 to 25. 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.
CoA have a new chef, and they say that this year is expected to be even better than last year!
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, as Shooters is perhaps the best known place in Nagoya for its Thanksgiving spread. 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.”
Thanksgiving dinner includes turkey with cranberry sauce and gravy, country stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole and a dinner roll. A kid’s dinner is 1,600 JPY, a small is 2,100 JPY and a regular is 2,600 JPY. If you’re still hungry after all of that you can chuck in a piece of pie for an extra 300 JPY.
The Hilton in Fushimi holds a Thanksgiving buffet every year. At the time of going to publication their menu had yet to be decided, however 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 is 5,553 JPY, for children aged four to six years it is 1,197 JPY and fir children between seven and twelve years it is 3,173 JPY. All prices are inclusive of tax.
If you’re looking to crank up the oven and do it all yourself, you can pick up all the trimmings at the Foreign Buyers’ Club, which also has turkeys, but ask most expats in the area, if we’re talking turkey, The Meat Guy is the place to go.
By Mark Guthrie