Private kitchens are all the rage in Hong Kong and Le Blanc is no exception. The comforting environment and lush meals encourage diners to relax and enjoy their surroundings while chowing down on excellent French cuisine. The menu here is quite large but a quick glance at the sides and the gratin dauphinois stands out. Their spin on the rustic classic sees a baked potato served in a ramekin with plenty of cream and tons of cheese throughout. Consider pairing it with pork belly before dining like an aristocrat. $58.
Located on Wan Chai’s trendy Ship Street, Atelier Vivanda looks and feels as if it’s been imported from Paris… because, well, it has. The chain originated in the French capital to much success and the casual bistro has also become a hit in our city. It specialises in meat, bien sur, but the potato dishes also shine, particularly the gratin dauphinois. This starchy side is served in a cast iron dish and comes with ample cream, sporting a sublime buttery texture. $38.
Modelled after the Parisian Metro, hence the name, Metropolitain’s High Street stop transports diners to France thanks to its industrial interior design and relaxing vibe. The menu features contemporary Gallic classics like the outstanding gratin dauphinoise, which is basically thinly sliced potatoes and layers of cheese that are cut into square blocks. The beautiful presentation shows off the layers. The taste speaks for itself. Not for squares. $58.
You go to Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse for its unbeatable slabs of beef, right? True, but we also suggest you go there for the American chain’s potatoes au gratin. This yummy treat features sliced potatoes from Idaho, USA, topped with a savoury three-cheese sauce. It pairs perfectly with a premium steak, so, yeah, that’s your meat ‘n’ veg covered then. $90. Various locations inc G/F, Lippo Ctr Tower 2, 89 Queensway, Admiralty, 2522 9090; ruthschris.com.
Jules Bistro’s ‘gratin du moment’ is a gratin dish that changes bi-weekly. There’s all sorts of interesting takes on the classic that the chefs serve up here, like the gratin ratatouille and the pumpkin gratin. In fact, we’ve never had a poor rendition. The small bistro in Happy Valley has a real neighbourhood charm about it, just like its gratins. Charming and tasty. $60.
Jimmy’s has been around as long as sliced bread. Seriously. Since 1928, this restaurant has been a mainstay in the city dining scene, most likely due to its consistent focus on ‘the classics’. The superb menu hits the spot, as does the potato au gratin. The Western dish here is stacked with cheesy flavours and uses only the best potatoes with the minimum of fuss. So simple but oh-so-good. $44.