Who’s roasting turkey in the city? Where to eat a good turkey meal, Tokyo style

By on November 10, 2014

Celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November, Thanksgiving is a family affair. It’s a time to pause from our daily grind and give thanks for all the graces received and enjoy meals together as a family. And like all other traditional thanksgiving celebrations, the centerpiece has got to be the bird. Don’t have oven ? Don’t know how to roast one? Not to worry, Japan’s got you fully covered. A plethora of restaurants and dining places around town will be happy to roast it for you and, by the way, they get it absolutely right all the time, complete with all the delicious trimmings. So go stress-free and check out any of these restaurants we have carefully selected for families to celebrate. Don’t forget to book early. Good restaurants fill up fast. Happy Thanksgiving!

Possibly the closest to the gaijin zone in Minato-ku is Cascade Cafe, the family friendly restaurant on the 2nd floor of ANA hotel Cascade cafe is cooking up an appetizing Roast Turkey in buffet style with creamy mashed potatoes and green beans. And for the sweet tooth, Cascade offers a fresh-from-the-oven Apple Pie that will surely appeal to kids. You have a choice between traditional gravy or cranberry sauce The no-smoking wide dining space (185-seating) is buggy friendly and offers a wide variety of food in case you crave for more. www.anaintercontinental-tokyo.jp/e/rest/cascade.html

If dining in a home-like setting appeals to you more than a fancy diner, this small restaurant tucked in the streets of Higashi 2-chome in Shibuya, run by long-timer Canadian epicurean Don Foley never disappoints. For more than 20 years, Don’s meticulous roasting expertise and flavoring technique have earned him a good name in the foreign and Japanese community. Good Honest Grub’s roast turkey is served neatly carved with home-made cranberry sauce and traditional North American-style stuffing. They offer two seatings during the thanksgiving season. The only inconvenience is not having much room for buggies. www.goodhonestgrub.com
Always ready to please the palate, this fancy restaurant located at the Four Season’s Hotel will be serving a turkey course meal for lunch (5,500 yen/person) and dinner (7,500 yen per person from Nov 22 until Nov 27. The course includes smoke salmon as appetizers, pumpkin soup, turkey fillets and apple pie. http://www.fourseasons.com/tokyo/dining/restaurants/ekki_bar_grill/

The house of roast and grills, Roti’s 2014 4-day American style Thanksgiving offering starts from Nov 27 – 30. It includes a 4-course meal for dinners on Nov 27 & 28 and a Sunday brunch on Nov. 30. Wide buggy parking on the terrace. www.roti.jp

Yokohama residents, members or not can have turkey meal at the YC&AC dining on Nov. 29 from 6-8 pm. Turkey carved to order will be available with all the trimmings and side dish. www.ycac.or.jp


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