Whenever people ask Gary Wang, co-owner of The Grumpy Pig in Shanghai, what kind of food his restaurant serves, his response is always the same: “Food I like.” Well, one thing Wang likes is Tokyo—and Japanese influences are all over the menu, from crunchy tonkatsu with housemade panko crumbs to French fries heaped with pulled pork, onions, gravy, scallions, and seaweed.
The airy space is decorated with dangling filament bulbs and new/old funk, soul, and Cumbria record sleeves. Which makes sense when you consider Wang’s status as one of China’s most important hip-hop DJs. He’s also part owner of The Shelter, Shanghai’s best club for underground music. Attached to one side of the restaurant is the darkly lit Trotter Bar, serving IPAs from, of all places, Kentucky. On the other side is KIN, a long-running clothing/design shop Wang recently converted into a soul and funk bar for vinyl heads. Check the Grumpy calendar for pop-up dinners, movie screenings, parties, and more.
65-4 Maoming Bei Lu, Shanghai, China; +021-6217-3355.