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.

Café de la Nouvelle Mairie

May 18, 2010 | By Richard Hesse | Archive

A great place for an enjoyable, torture-free evening with friends. Pros: Good organic wines, great vibe. Cons: Food could be improved on, too many wines to taste at one sitting. It would be difficult to get any closer to the … Read More


May 3, 2010 | By Richard Hesse | Archive

Fancy dishes but little atmosphere and ill-fitting, Trekkie-like waiters’ uniforms. Do you look at your waiter at a restaurant? Do you check out how he or she is dressed? Does it matter? My answers to the first two questions would … Read More

Le 1er

April 27, 2010 | By Richard Hesse | Archive

A detail of Le 1er’s wild comic-book-style mural. You don’t usually expect to be taken aback by a restaurant, but Le 1er managed just that. We were flying blind after a trip to a vernissage (no drink) and a hugger-mugger … Read More


April 20, 2010 | By Richard Hesse | Archive

Old-timey comfort and good, fresh food. Pros: Fresh vegetables, well-chosen wines, pleasant atmosphere.Cons: None to speak of. Attentive readers will have noticed a second arrondissement bias in my recent reviews, and this one is no exception: I’ve been checking out … Read More

La Bourse ou la Vie

April 13, 2010 | By Richard Hesse | Archive

The quirky decor includes a caricature of the owner drawn on the wall and pigs on the ceiling. The pepper sauce on the steak at La Bourse ou la Vie gave me a five-minute-long attack of the hiccups, my central … Read More

La Closerie des Lilas

April 6, 2010 | By Richard Hesse | Archive

Every struggling American writer on the way to a date with destiny has passed through the Closerie. Places associated with literary figures… hmm. The Deux Magots will forever bring to mind Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir, but one can’t … Read More

Aux Charpentiers

March 23, 2010 | By Richard Hesse | Archive

Classic French food in a historical setting. Pros: History, interesting decor, reasonably spaced tables, plenty of local dinersCons: Somewhat distant service Aux Charpentiers is in a nice part of town, with the Eglise Saint Germain-des-Prés just round the corner and … Read More

Chez Grenouille

February 9, 2010 | By Richard Hesse | Archive

You won’t find nouvelle cuisine at Chez Grenouille. Pros: solid winter fare, excellent products, the restaurateur’s justified pride in his work. Cons: colorless decor The walk from my second arrondissement office up to Chez Grenouille in the ninth was longer … Read More

Ethnic Angel

February 8, 2010 | By Richard Hesse | Archive

Ethnic Angel is not only a supermarket with exotic foods and great wine, but also a restaurant. I recently thought I had finally made it through to the status of valued client at Julhès, the snooty deli (cheese mostly, wines, … Read More

La Perla

February 8, 2010 | By Richard Hesse | Archive

Bertie and the Pizzamen Bertie the Gastrohound poses with the La Perla dream team. Bertie the Gastrohound will be five years old next month. He came into our lives as a three-month-old pup on July 15, 2003, in the midst … Read More