Review: The Grumpy Pig, Shanghai

Almost done packing for my Tokyo trip tonight’s midnight. By the time you are reading this, I am coming back to Shanghai soon. I will be drafting my blog entries beforehand so that this blog will have updates on everyday basis even while I am away. Anyways, today’s entry will be a review on The Grumpy Pig nearby West Nanjing Road Station.

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The three of us – Sister, Sussie and I tried out the place last Sunday evening. For your information, The Grumpy Pig is listed on Tripadvisor. The place must be good to be listed on Tripadvisor. Majority of the nice restaurants and cafes in Shanghai needed reservation beforehand but we did not make one for this prior to our arrival. However, the restaurant was pretty quiet for a Sunday evening though.

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Without further ado, let’s get going with the food which we ordered the other night. We did not order any beverage as free flow of plain water was provided throughout the dinner. To be honest, I think we went overboard with ordering when there were only the three of us eating.

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Roasted Mushrooms Medley | ¥40

chicken leg (mushroom!), white & brown honshimeji, shiitake, ginger, scallion sauce

This was one of the appetizers which Sister ordered as she said she needed her veggies. Mushrooms are not exactly what I would call vegetables though. Nothing much to rave about this Roasted Mushrooms Medley apart from being too “black-peppered”.

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Steamed Buns | ¥25

fluffy buns with Tare braised pork belly with cucumber and Kewpie

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Grumpy Fries | ¥48

skinny fries, topped with shredded pork and onions, cheddar cheese, parsley aioli, “Grumpy” gravy, scallions and seaweed 

The fries did not have the kind of texture which I like, crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. To be honest, I did not really like this towards the end when the fries were getting soggy from the “Grumpy” gravy. But the “Grumpy” gravy was the highlight of this dish. The pairing of seaweed with the gravy was good though.

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Cumin Cobb Salad | ¥55

cobb salad: mixed greens in a creamy cumin citronette with fresh pear, roasted beets, hard boiled eggs, cherry tomatoes, avocados and bacon

The three of us were surprised with the portion when this was being served to us. We can’t finish this albeit there were three of us. Sussie finished all the avocados as both Sister and I do not eat avocado. I did not eat much of this as I did not like the cumin taste in the salad.

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Pork Rice Bowl | ¥58

poached Yodo egg, braised pork belly, bak choy, roasted onion

Sussie ordered this for herself and it looked something similar to the braised pork belly rice that we usually have at home.

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Teriyaki Pork Neck Rice Bowl | ¥58

pork neck, cabbage, fried egg, sansyo, teriyaki sauce

I had initially wanted to try out their Pork Rice Bowl since it was one of the highly recommended dishes from blog reviews which I had read previously but Sister suggested that we try something else. So, we had this Teriyaki Pork Neck Rice Bowl. Sinful but good. However, the gravy was kind of too sweet for my liking.

Verdict: Customer service was good in my opinion and food were served shortly after ordering. One of Sister’s colleagues highly recommended their Tonkotsu Ramen. We did not try their Tonkotsu Ramen since we will be going on a holiday to Tokyo. Why eat ramen in Shanghai when you can get the best ones in Tokyo? I like that their staffs kept on refilling our glasses with plain water without having us to call up to them for refills.

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The Grumpy Pig
#103, Lane 65,
Maoming North Road,
Shanghai, 200041,
China
Tel: 021-33558005
Website: http://www.thegrumpypig.com

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