New at the Drugstore
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