Hot To Trot
The Trotter Bar
Soon after it began plating late last year, Gary Wang’s New York-style Grumpy Pig
became one of Shanghai’s trendiest spots for dim-lit dinners and decadent weekend brunches, where the city’s pretty flocked for Asian fusion fare served in an environment seemingly imported straight from the Lower East Side. Recently however, GP welcomed yet another crowd of chic Shanghai locals with the debut of The Trotter Bar, a dedicated cocktail den (formerly the dessert bar) hidden at the back of the restaurant, where a cosy, banqueted space is wallpapered with prints of Wang’s impressive record collection and shaking up an extended cocktail menu.
Overseen by chef Vinh Nguyen and executed by Jay Yu, The Trotter Bar’s drinks list is divided into three, with ‘Old School’ for classics, ‘Sweet’ for lighter cocktails, and ‘Trotter Bar Originals’ for creative new concoctions like the ‘Newman’s Left Hand’ with aged bourbon, sweet vermouth, chocolate bitters and Maraschino cherry, as well as the ‘Martinez’ with Gordon’s gin, lemon, vermouth and angostura bitters. A list of craft beers includes both local and foreign labels, and the ‘Trotter Treats’ are darn near good enough for dinner, with bacon donuts, tonkatsu milk toast, and pork sliders all bite-sized and delivering the porcine punch. Grumpy? Not anymore, you aren’t…