London Diaries: Brunching at NAC…

North Audley Cantine has to be one of my favourite neighbourhood haunts.

Elegant yet effortlessly trendy, with an easy and laid-back ambience, it’s always an attractive destination for dinner, or even for a quick tipple before at Chez Chow – the speakeasy-style bar in the basement inspired by the chef’s pet chow-chow!

And as I discovered this weekend, the contemporary bistro serves up a pretty cracking brunch too…


It was well into the middle of the afternoon by the time we made our reservation – but even at 3 p.m. on a Saturday, the place was packed!

Were it not for the slight chill, we would have loved to sit on the chic terrace outside people-watching on Mayfair’s busy North Audley Street…  Still, the lively and vibrant setting indoors suited us just as well.

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The friends joining me had just hopped off a very delayed flight from Texas, while I’d had a mega workout in the gym right before.

Needless to say that we were all rather ravenous and ready for some serious Saturday indulgence, dished up in the most exquisite  tableware…

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We started with the staples. Poached eggs, avocado & toast.

This brunch classic was artfully executed at NAC with lightly poached eggs that revealed major #yolkporn with the smallest cut. It was an altogether perky dish and one that really went to prove why this is one combination that’s *never* getting old in my books!

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The truffle mac n cheese was every bit as decadent as it sounds – the rich, earthy scents and flavours of the black truffles sharply cutting through the creaminess of the pasta…

While a side order of crisp, ultra thin-cut fries added nicely to the #CarbsonCarbs situation that we had going on!

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The quinoa salad unfortunately was a bit of a let down, especially compared to the previous times that I’ve ordered – and enjoyed  – this dish.

On this most recent visit though, it turned out to be quite a bland affair lacking any punchy flavours – even an extra drizzle of the lemon dressing proving inadequate to rescue it…

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So we swiftly moved on to dessert, in the form of ricotta pancakes served with lashings of dulce de leche, diced bananas and a generous dusting of powdered sugar on top.

While they weren’t as fluffy as you’d expect of ricotta pancakes, they were still incredibly soft, light and oh-so-beautiful!

We just couldn’t get enough of the creamy caramel sauce too, calling for an extra helping to suitably soak through the lower levels of the generous pancake stacks…

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As you’d imagine, we were pretty full by this point and so reluctantly passed up on the decadent French toast and the milk chocolate cookies – from what I remember, both are just dreamy propositions too.

So I suppose that does give me two reasons to venture back to my friendly neighbourhood hangout, sooner rather than later!

NAC Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


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