Richard Hesse

Richard Hesse, another long-time Paris resident, is a translator by day and a serial diner by evening. He also likes to lunch. He is joined in these activities by his Scottish terrier, Bertie the Gastrohound, and his girlfriend, Doctor Madame, a London-based freelance historian.

Restaurant de la Grille

July 10, 2007 | By Richard Hesse | Archive

Hats Off! For sheer kitsch, the interior can’t be beat, but the food is freshness itself. The large vases of cut flowers are the first thing you notice when you walk into La Grille, followed by the tiny size of … Read More


June 26, 2007 | By Richard Hesse | Archive

French Lessons Alain Ducasse may have a few things to teach his fellow Frenchmen about running restaurants. At the root of the word “benoît” is the Latin “benedictus,” which means “blessed” or even “happy.” This is an appropriate name for … Read More

Maison du Jardin

June 19, 2007 | By Richard Hesse | Archive

Hot and Cold Reception, Pleasure on the Plate The Maison du Jardin doesn’t have its own garden, but it is located near one of Paris’s most beautiful, the Luxembourg Garden. If you are welcomed to La Maison du Jardin by … Read More

La Bellevilloise

June 12, 2007 | By Richard Hesse | What's New Eat & Drink

Ceci N’est Pas un Restaurant The terrace is a great spot – for a drink. My dining companion was nearly beside herself when I suggested dining at a brasserie on a warm Sunday evening. She wanted al fresco dining and … Read More


June 10, 2007 | By Richard Hesse | Archive

A Winner, Front and Back May 9, 2007 Gordon Ramsay, known for his 15 restaurants and very bad language, has an occasional TV series called “Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares,” in which the ubiquitous überchef is invited into a failing restaurant to … Read More

A Casaluna

April 25, 2006 | By Richard Hesse | Archive

Corsican Exports Napoleon would probably have felt at home here. Two of Corsica’s most noted exports are Napoleon and food, and both serendipitously came together on a recent dinner date, when I combined a visit to the stupendously bad exhibition … Read More