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Cote de Boeuf steak for two and other French classics

Thoroughly French bistro style… chalkboard, inlaid marble tables, dark interior, temperature controlled wine room and all. Two-year-old Franck presents a French menu with bistro classics like pigeon, roasted chicken, steaks, beef tartare, grilled tuna and more in Shanghai’s French concession. Overall, it is a classic presentation of classic dishes in the classic style….in a word “solid” but not necessarily original or distinctive. Then again, it’s always a pleasure to have a well executed French meal in Asia….

We started with the Asiette de Charcuterie (160 RMB/ S$33.28 / $23.44 USD), a rather abundant plate of freshly sliced charcuterie from the cured meats at the deli counter on premises. It was wonderfully diverse in arrangement, yet quite simple. There are 2 sizes, so beware…it is big, only order the grande size if you have a large group or don’t plan to eat for a few days.

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Then we moved on to the Cote de Boeuf for 2 served with homemade frites, Bearnaise sauce and a green salad (200 RMB/ S$41.58 / $29.30 USD). Again, also abundant…while it says for 2, honestly 3 or 4 people could have (and probably should have) shared this. It was well cooked, but I will say we found the cut to be more fatty than this marbled meat really should be. For me fat usually = flavor, but in this case it was a bit too much.

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I must admit Paul was a bit put off by a perceived “snooty attitude,” but I am wondering if said attitude was really just confusion with suboptimal service. It really was less than one would expect given prices charged and the seeming sophistication of presentation.

That said, we would recommend Franck in Shanghai. A couple of tips though:

  1. make a booking – it was full even on a Tuesday night
  2. ask to sit in the back – the front tables aren’t nearly as cozy as the back ones plus in the front you hear / see the slicer all evening while the charcuterie is prepared (not so romantic or relaxing).

Franck
Ferguson Lane, 376 Wukang Lu,
French Concession
near Hunan Lu
Telephone: +86 21 6437 6465

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