They say you shouldn’t fill up on bread while at a restaurant, but it would be hard not to if that bread were provided by Farine, a new artisanal boulangerie and coffee spot opened by French chef Franck Pecol of Franck fame.
The joint is far too crowded with breads and pastries for fancy decor and seating is relegated to a slim counter overlooking Wukang Lu. Everything kowtows to the baked offerings, which Farine’s energetic staff knows like the backs of their flour-streaked hands.
A tutorial on how to properly bake bread; crackling baguettes with cottony insides, earthy rustic loaves (65RMB/half, 120RMB/whole), flaky chocolate croissants (18RMB), and tasty sandwiches. Try the croque monsieur (40RMB), a charred slice of rustic bread topped with an avalanche of molten cheese and thinly-sliced ham, which equals greasy, messy deliciousness. The ham and cheese (35RMB) and the salmon sandwiches (35RMB) weren’t bad either, though we weren’t crazy about the slightly sweet buns they came cradled in. We’ll give the salmon and lettuce sandwich points for having gleamingly fresh fillings.
For drinks, go for cappuccino, one of the better ones in town. The full-throttle creaminess eases nicely into a bitter finish.
Farine’s a bit pricey, but it delivers with delectable baked goods, and proves itself a worthy addition to the French Concession’s star-studded roster of boulangeries.
Farine – 1 F, Ferguson Lane, 378 Wukang Lu, near Taian Lu, Xuhui district (徐汇区武康路378号1楼, 近泰安路). Tel: (0)21-6433 5798. Hours: 7am-7pm Tue-Sun.
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Benjamin Cost is Shanghaiist’s Food Editor. Email tips, recommendations, and news updates on Shanghai’s dining scene to [email protected].