New at the Drug­store

Where Paris - - Dining -

Even in a world where the In­ter­net makes it pos­si­ble to shop the globe and chat with friends thou­sands of miles away twenty-four/seven, the louche al­lure of Le Drug­store, a quin­tes­sen­tial Paris in­sti­tu­tion, not only sur­vives but also thrives. Why? This pulse-point ad­dress on the Champs-Elysées re­sponds to your most ur­gent needs, both pub­lic and pri­vate. Need a new book in the mid­dle of the night? Head here. Ea­ger for a beau­ti­fully made cock­tail af­ter a movie? Cosy up to the bar on the edge of this lively wel­com­ing din­ing room. And now Le Drug­store has be­come one of the best off-the-cuff din­ing des­ti­na­tions in Paris all over again with the ar­rival of chef Eric Fré­chon, who holds three Miche­lin stars at the Le Bris­tol Ho­tel. For the menu, Fré­chon cooked up a su­perb 21st cen­tury ar­ray of healthy com­fort foods that also wink at Le Drug­store’s his­tory. To wit, the iconic ham­burger, once a bit ex­otic for Paris, is still on the menu, but so is an­other “burger” made with shrimp. Over­all, the menu is di­vided be­tween raw and cooked, with “raw” starters like red tuna tartare with av­o­cado puree and mains like beef carpac­cio with white radish and soy sauce, and “cooked” op­tions, in­clud­ing roasted cau­li­flower with curry oil as a starter, and a 195-euro Kagoshima A5 Wagyu beef steak for two from Ja­pan. The dessert not to miss is the sub­lime riff on a tra­di­tional cheese­cake. Le Drug­store is open daily from 8am un­til 2am and serves break­fast, lunch, af­ter­noon tea and din­ner. – A.L.

Le Drug­store 133 ave des Champs-El­y­sees (8th), 01 44 43 79 00

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