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Opened by three childhood friends with a love of food and drink, the North Audley Cantine (N.A.C) is a chilled-out and “stylistically stunning” Mayfair bistrot/cocktail lounge offering French sharing plates in a cool, clean-lined setting of whitewashed walls, brown leather banquettes and contemporary lighting, with gorgeous crockery and bread served in “stripy paper bags”. Graze your way through gussied-up classics served on mismatched willow-pattern plates – think tuna niçoise, ‘oeuf parfait’ with forest mushrooms, grissini-crusted veal escalope or seared scallops with roasted butternut squash. Cheese platters go down well with a glass or two of knowledgeably sourced wine, before you hit the sweet spot with profiteroles, madeleines or dark chocolate tart and hazelnut ice cream. Downstairs, the basement lounge/bar has been rebooted in retro-chic, Rive Gauche style and renamed Chez Chow in honour of the chef/patron’s diminutive dog.