Let’s face it: Thanksgiving is purely a North American holiday, meaning we shouldn’t expect much fanfare here in Tokyo on the third Thursday of November. In most parts of Japan you may only have one choice if you wanted to indulge in a holiday feast — do it yourself… minus the turkey, cranberry sauce and other side dishes of course, because there aren’t many places that sell them here. However, with so many expats from the USA in the Tokyo area, there are plenty of places to find a traditional Turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Here’s a short list we’ve compiled of our favorites. Please note that most require reservations.
Soul Food House
The Thanksgiving tradition at this Azabu-Juban restaurant is older than the eatery itself; proprietors David and LaTonya Whitaker opened up their home to almost anyone in the community every Thanksgiving to enjoy the American tradition for years before they decided to open up their full service Soul Food establishment. This is as close as you will get to sitting next to actual family if you wind up here, trust me! This year, they’reoffering a course menu on November 23 for 6,000 yen that includes:
Apple Nut Salad
Honey Roasted Turkey
Gravy & Cranberry Sauce
Spare Rib or Beef Rib
※Vegetarian Options Available
Garlic Mash Potatoes
Green Bean Casserole
Macaroni & cheese
And a “House Dessert,” and boy I hope peach cobbler is involved!
Since 2001 Roti Roppongi, a casual yet sophisticated wine bar & brasserie in the heart of Tokyo’s entertainment district, has been highly rated on Tokyo’s culinary map for its consistently high quality food and service. Roti offers Thanksgiving dinners that live up to the restaurant’s reputation on Thanksgiving , including perfectly roasted premium American Turkey. Reservations required.
Motif Restaurant and Bar
The Motif Restaurant and Bar, located on the Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo and Marunouchi. With a convenient location, and informal atmosphere, the This is a great option for your Thanksgiving meal. The highlight of their menu is “Koshihikari” rice-fed turkey breast sourced from Ishikawa Prefecture with traditional gravy and cranberry sauce.
T.Y.Harbor is a restaurant and brewery located in a renovated warehouse along the canals in Shinagawa. With a waterside terrace that can be used even in winter, it serves freshly made beers and modern American cuisine. For Thanksgiving, they are serving; roasted turkey breast with mushroom gravy, cornbread stuffing, baked sweet potatoes, green beans and cranberry relish. ,
Dinner page : www.tysons.jp/news/en/eng/6402
CHRISTA is casual dining where city folks can escape from everyday life and have a relaxing moment. Experience the heartwarming hospitality, as well as the grilled food concept based upon traditional American cuisine. For Thanksgiving, they are serving; roasted turkey with dried cherry, pecan and chorizo stuffing, cranberry and persimmon relish.
Dinner page : www.tysons.jp/news/en/eng/6407
The Oak Door Steakhouse
Enjoy perfectly-cooked dishes paired with New World wines in this elegant steakhouse that has a vibrant open kitchen, intimate booth and outdoor terrace seating, a lively bar and a luxurious private dining room in the Tokyo Grand Hyatt Hotel. For Thanksgiving, they are serving; Thanksgiving turkey, oven roasted with rustic bread and sausage stuffing, sautéed Brussels sprouts with bacon, whipped potato, giblet gravy.
— By Jason L. Gatewood