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This smart little metropolitan bistro is a real draw for wine lovers, thanks to a policy of fair mark-ups that even extends to fine wines & fizz: £37 for a bottle of Moët is the cheapest we’ve
found among the tourist traps of Covent Garden. What’s more, the restaurant stocks only 10 cases of the 10 reds & 10 whites on its list – before moving on to 10 new options. With everything
available by the glass, why not indulge in a spot of food matching: the day’s chalked-up menu features unpretentious, well-sourced choices along the lines of snails on toast, full-flavoured goats’
cheese & red onion tart (served warm with an oven-roasted fig), or juicy Barnsley lamb chop with a side of buttery cavolo nero. Readers also appreciate the ‘fun atmosphere’ & ‘extremely
10 Cases (as you probably know already because it has been open ages now) takes its name from the fact that it only ever buys 10 cases of each wine. So if you come across one you like, you have to return pretty smartish to get a second taste. Quite a clever way to encourage return business - because also, they will have new wines for you to try all the time!It describes itself as a small bistrot and small indeed it is. There are a few spaces by the bar to sit and then space for about 30 diners at most. There was a lot of scooching around and that sort of ballet you do when two of you are trying to get out of each other's way, if anyone ever got up to go to the bathroom. But it's very cute and this lack of space if completely forgivable.The wine was absolutely the star of the show. It's by no means cheap but I would say, based on the bottle we had that it is worth it if you happen to feel flush that day. We got a riesling blend combining pinot gris, muscat and, gewurztraminer called Domaine Pfister Cuvee 8. It was delicious. It might sound strange to say so, but it had a texture to it. My friend remarked that it was sweet on the tongue at first but that then melted away leaving a light, drier touch. It was silky smooth to drink, almost a little buttery. It was hard to make it last the whole meal but at Â£40 we felt we had to!The food was perfectly good as well and I'd happily eat there again, but it did feel like it took a backseat to the wine. I really enjoyed my courgette fritters which came with a light, fresh tomato salsa with olive oil. Alison had the soft shell crab to start with avocado salad. I cannot comment on the crab as I didn't have any but the avocado was welcome as always.My pork belly was nice but I think it could have been cooked for longer and the crackling crackled up a bit more. Sometimes it was a little chewy and the fat hadn't rendered down as much as I'd like. The mashed potato and slow cooked red cabbage were absolutely delicious though.Alison had the steak. We enquired about how it would be cooked and she opted for medium rare, with the waitress saying the chef would be happy to chuck it back on the grill if it was too blue. (Our waitress by the way, was ever so friendly and affectionate - oh yes, she wasn't above a little human contact!) The steak came with some well executed chips and I DID have a bite of the steak which had a nice slightly charred flavour. Alison got through two-thirds of it and then realised that actually, it was a bit too underdone for her. However, we both felt that the window of opportunity for requesting further cooking had passed, being that she had eaten the rest of her dish and all they would have been putting on the grill was a few mouthfuls! The chips that came with the steak were excellent. Alas, we didn't end up having dessert, instead going across to the Cross Keys for another glass of wine, which we knew would taste like acid in our mouths compared to what we had just samples. It did. But the Cross Keys was a very cool little pub and I would go back there probably before treating my taste buds to such delectable wine, rather than after.
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The 10 Cases Wine Bar is one of the better known wine bars in London. We’d not visited them yet and were keen to try them out and see how they compared to some other great wine bars in London such as Terroirs, Brawn, 40 Maltby Street, etc.Located on Endell street in Covent Garden, 10 Cases offers theatre goers and shoppers a perfect opportunity to indulge in wines and good food. The 10 cases gets its name from the fast that they only buy 10 cases of the same wine at once. As a result the wine list changes constantly. Similarly, the food at the 10 cases changes regularly with whatever ingredients are in season. All the dishes are to be found on the chalk boards spread out across different spots in the restaurant...
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10 Cases – London WC2HJuly 6, 2013 § Leave a CommentWines may be the focus but the food doesn’t disappoint at this tiny wine-bar with chalk boards full of tasty plates.With a glass of Riesling Grand Cru pressed to my lips and the glorious British sunshine peeping through chimney tops, casting a spot light of warming rays onto our al fresco little table, I think to myself, ‘I must have the best seat in London right now.’ I did.The 10 Cases is a tiny bistro on the edge of Covent Garden – and wine is kinda their forte...
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