65-4 Maoming Bei Lu,
near Yan’an Lu / Jing-an /
+86 21 6217 3355
A reincarnation of Shanghai’s Kin Café, Grumpy Pig has burst onto the dining scene with not only new management and a revamped menu, but also a hip NYC-style look and gritty urban soundtrack. An homage to owner Gary Wang’s two great loves in life, hip hop music and pork (“if it’s not pork, what's the point of eating it?”), GP dishes out both generously at its jumping Jing’an locale. But while the rustic vintage furniture, bare filament bulbs and exposed brick interior may make you feel like you‘ve been transported to a Brooklyn backstreet haunt, one glance at the menu reassures you that you’ve landed right back in seriously tasty, Asian fusion territory.
There are Japanese, Vietnamese and locally-inflected specialties, mostly porcine of course, but with a few green (papaya salad) and red (Chinese beef cheeseburger) options thrown in too. But without question the star of this show is the luscious pork perfectly served in myriad variations – there are herbed summer rolls, fluffy steamed buns, and Vietnamese street toasts; fragrant Japanese ramen, gooey egg and pork belly rice bowls, and the seriously satisfying beer-braised shredded pork Grumpy sandwich. Add in a selection of local and international beers and double-shot cocktails, and the very last thing you’re going to be is, well, grumpy!