Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Celebrating Thanksgiving in Seoul

Unfortunately we can't bake turkeys in our washing machines
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    Most of us would love to go to Costco in Seoul and pick up a huge turkey for Thanksgiving, the only problem is that we don't have ovens. If your like any other expat living in Seoul with a washing machine in your kitchen instead of an oven don't worry. There are plenty of restaurants here that have Thanksgiving dinners for the big day. If you work a night shift and can't make one of these dinners don't worry; there are also a few options to celebrate on Saturday.

$$$$$ Fancy Feasts- no kimchi stuffed turkey guaranteed

1. Hilton Seoul Hotel’s Alpine Deli
This buffet offers turkey with herb stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, apple strudel, and more. This is not only for Thanksgiving, it runs through December 31st. The cost is a steep W165,000 plus 10% service charge which will run you about W195,000. A 2 days notice is required so email or call 02-2287-8271 to make your reservation.

$$$ Mid range pricing - there might be some kimchi on your table (jk!)

1. Hilton Seoul Hotel’s Buffet Restaurant
  This Thanksgiving dinner includes a glass of champagne and a glass of wine. The buffet begins at  6 pm and costs W70,000. There is a 2 day notice required so email or call 02-2287-8271 to make a reservation.

2. Suji’s
     Since Suji's is a well known restaurant catering to the expat scene in Itaewon of course there is a Thanksgiving buffet. There will be fresh green salad, seafood chowder soup, roasted turkey, gravy, cranberry sauce, cornbread sausage stuffing, herb stuffing, grilled mixed vegetables, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, and a glass of wine or apple cider. There are two sittings, one at 5:30 – 7:30 pm, and another at 8 – 11 pm. The price is average for adults, about W45,000 – W50,000, and children get a cheaper meal ticket at W25,000 – W30,000 (excluding tax). There is a non-refundable cash deposit (20%) to be paid if you have over 5 people at your table. Reservations are required 02-797-3698 and keep in mind that Suji's is always crowded as it is, so expect a very crowded and less intimate Thanksgiving celebration.

3. Beer O’Clock

  Spend the night in Sinchon at a foreign owned bar watching football games while you eat turkey! This is a more low key Thanksgiving which includes dinner, 2 draft beers, and dessert.  The restaurant opens at 5 pm, and dinner starts at 7 pm and lasts until 2 am. The price is a reasonable W40,000 and tickets can be purchased at the bar. Visit their website or call 02-333-9733. 

Saturday Nov. 27th Thanksgiving feasts

1. Big Rock Brewery in Gangnam
This Thanksgiving feast is popular among the younger expat scene. There will be deep fried turkey with stuffing and all you can eat buffet. The first session starts from 5 – 6:30 pm for a low price of W35,000. The second session starts from 7:30 – 9:30 pm for a more expensive price of W50,000; however this includes all you can eat/drink food and beer. Past attendees have stated that by the end of the night there is all you can drink bottles of wine! Make a reservation by sending an email to or calling 02-539-6650. 

2. Thankgiving Day Potluck Dinner with Ongo Food
O’ngo Culinary School located in Insadong will have a potluck Thanksgiving Dinner on Saturday Nov. 27th from 3-7 pm. There will be all-you-can-eat turkey and side-dishes. At only W30,000 a person, this is by far the best priced feast in Seoul and if if you bring a homemade dish you can save W10,000. RSVP at  or call 02-3446-1607. Check out their Meetup group to see who else will be going at the Seoul Eats Meetup page.

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