Franck was one of the first French bistrots to show up on the Shanghai scene back in 2007, and it’s still competing well with the dozens of new fine international restaurants to appear on the scene (also with big-name chefs and investors). Franck’s salmon appetizer—which is smoked in house — is a divine combination of smoky and salty. The foie gras is also a must-order, and it’s hard to choose between seafoods and meats as all are done well. Ordering everything to share at the table will help. Menus change daily and are displayed with flair on a series of portable marker boards; the service is attentive and anything on the menu will be explained in French, English or Chinese. Franck is packed most nights — the restaurant does not serve lunch and is open 7 nights a week for dinner — so reserve well in advance. This restaurant was one of the original anchor tenants of Ferguson Lane — before this little alley became the swanky cafe-and-restaurant destination that it is today. On your way out pick up some pastries at the bakery Farine, which is by the same owners and uses only imported, organic flour.