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|Address:||16 Endell Street, London WC2H 9BD|
|Tel:||020 7768 1688|
|Price: £39.00||Wine: £19.00||Champagne: £37.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sat 12N-3pm 6-11pm|
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The 10 Cases is a brilliant spot in Covent Garden, especially for wine buffs. We started with a Petit Chablis which was delicious and which we decided to stick with, making a significant dent in their small supply by ordering another 3 bottles over the evening. Although it was very enjoyable in retrospect I think it was a Fail by us on 2 fronts: firstly, 4 glasses and 3 bottles is overly ambitious for 4 girls and only to be attempted by those with strong liver function and unassailable heads; secondly, we totally failed to capitalise on the whole point of this place which is to try out a variety of different wines. As a consequence of the quantity of wine we drank, the food was really a sideshow, there to soak up booze and soften the blow; I think we enjoyed it, although I'm a little hazy on the details. The attitude to the menu seems to be the same as to the wine: chalkboards, which you have to strain your necks and eyes to see, advertise the dishes of the day which change regularly so the version on their website isn't prompting my memory! We had a range of starters (definitely including some potted shrimp) which had mixed reviews at the time. I know I then had a hearty, tasty, saddle of lamb. And then I remember clearly an enormous glass bowl of chocolate mousse which we shared between 3 and only just managed to finish. A little bit like a Tesco's finest dessert but Yum nevertheless. The atmosphere is very relaxed, casual, bright and light, with just the right number of people to make it feel full and buzzing without being over-crowded, and service matches this, being friendly but a bit skittish. This places lures you in with its unassuming attitude; we ended up having a surprisingly long and lingering evening but which cost an extremely reasonable £55 given what we consumed. I will be back as it's a great venue, fairly priced, in a central location and because I have to actually drink more wines (but not too much) and to appreciate the food.