The 10 Cases 1

16 Endell Street , London, WC2H 9BD

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SquareMeal Review of The 10 Cases

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 and 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 and 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 and 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’ and ‘extremely efficient service’.

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8.3

Food & Drink: 9.1

Service: 9.1

Atmosphere: 8.4

Value: 8.2

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 3.0

Susan D. 28 October 2017

With the wine list. Decided to drink several glasses of different wines as there were so many options! Great buzzy little bistro. Great atmosphere and no canned music, so I could hear what my dining companion was staying. Service was exemplary and very swift. However, I think they could have pointed out that there was a £1.50 charge pp for bread and butter rather than leaving us to discover this in small print at the bottom of the wine list (as it took me a long time to get there as I was deciphering what was on offer). No need to ask for water - bottles of both sparkling and still water were immediately placed on the table. Limited eating options, but they all sounded very good. Plumped for the pappardelle with venison ragu - delicious, the pasta was so light it just dissolved in your mouth. I would definitely go back, however, I did think the food pricing was a bit steep. However, the place was full (good job I reserved a table) so others are not so bothered with the cost. Came to £41.50 each, that was for a main, cheeseboard and three glasses of wine each.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 5.0

Jonathan C. 28 June 2016

One of the few occasions that it has been possible to sit outside in the evening this summer. Delicious simple dishes, outstanding list of unusual wines and a real knowledge of wine matching. Have been here several times and can't fault a thing.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Hilary D. 13 October 2014

What a great find... quirky, cafe style eatery with the menu on the wall, chalk board style. Welcoming staff who were very knowledgeable about the wines. We enjoyed the Jambon, and goats cheese to start. Small portions but more than enough with the delicious bread. Our main was Cote du Boeuf which was delicious. A huge piece of steak, gorgeous chips and rocket with parmesan. All very simple but just perfect and not bad value.The wine was fabulous and were given some great advice. All in all, a perfect night out before the Theatre.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

David B. 25 October 2013

A smallish restaurant which was quite noisy due to the uncarpeted floors and all the tables being quite close to each other. This, however, was only a tiny fault. In all other respects we had a most agreeable evening. Our waitress was 1st class, being both friendly, courteous and efficient, without being excessively so. Our meals were delivered in a very timely manner and all 3 of us were very impressed with our choices. The wines we chose were quite satisfactory and reasonably priced and, noise aside, the atmosphere was conducive to a very enjoyable evening. We would all return again. One other small thing was that the wine list was hard to read as it was presented in a stylistic hand written format that was not hugely legible. But a most enjoyable overall experience. Thankyou.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Andrew B. 29 September 2013

Booked 10 Cases after quick online research and was delighted with our luck! Really friendly welcome and service, interesting food menu and intriguing wine list…we chose a white Burgundy which punched well above its price. I'm sure we will be back!

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Anna B. 16 September 2013

My friend and I arrived about 10 minutes late and rather than be welcomed by a stressed out member of the waiting staff about moaning about us being late. The waitresses first words were, welcome and don't worry about it, which table would you prefer.? That immediately put me in a more relaxed mood. The waitress couldn't have been more helpful with guiding me through the wine guide. my friend wanted white wine and there were numerous options. I really appreciated the offer to try the wines as well, which is something you rarely get in London these days. The chalk boards are retro but slightly frustrating as you have to look at a selection of boards scattered around the walls. The food was beautiful, Grouse was to die for as was the pork belly.The grouse at £29 would seem a little expensive but the size of the portion put that to the back of my mind. It was perfectly cooked. In my eyes, definitely worth going to… £98 for 2 starters, 2 mains and 1 bottle wine inc service. Not too bad…

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

wendy p. silver reviewer 09 August 2013

We went here last night and it is super. It is very small and very ‘bistroey’ with large windows folded back so the tables spilled out onto the pavement. There is no menu just blackboards dotted around on the walls with the choices written on them. A nice wine list and very good service. I had anchovies (fresh not pickled) the crab tian and then we shared the chocolate mousse (a large bowl with 4 spoons!) all of which was excellent. The foie gras was also divine as was the black tapenade and the padron peppers. Highly recommended!

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

BoatLady platinum reviewer 02 October 2012

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.

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 4.0

Grumbling Gourmet platinum reviewer 11 May 2012

Sometimes I forget how lucky I am to live, breathe and eat in London. The 10 Cases is so good it's practically a public service. Being a West End boy I've grown proficient at seeking out hidden gems in Soho and Covent Garden and The 10 Cases is a worthy addition to that list. The dark panelled pocket-box of a bistro is appropriately named for it's main draw, the rapidly rolling wine selection; 10 cases of 10 whites and 10 reds, when they're gone, they're gone. We sampled a light and jammy Chinon and a surprisingly good Austrian red. Both, like most of the list, pleasingly priced at £25-£30 and available by glass, bottle or carafe. We were a bottle to the good before arriving and immediately ploughed into a selection of their excellent small plates. You can go for starters and mains if you fancy, though there are generally only 3 big dishes at any one time. Excellent fresh bread (a £1.50 cover in case that kind of thing annoys) was a great soaker-upper of the reminants of buttery potted crab and a surprising (to us) foie gras en cocotte. Surprising only if you were expecting foie gras en croute, not having read the menu properly. Envisaging some form of butter pastry and forcefed liver combination, we were disappointed in the way that only the truly gluttonous could be. If you know your bistro dishes then you'd be expecting a pot poached egg in butter on a tiny, perfectly cooked slab of foie. You'd be right, but you probably wouldn't remember quite how wonderful this dish can be, because if you did, you'd be eating it now. Right now. Silk cooked in butter, served with butter… Steak hache, that bistro stalwart, wouldn't be a bad addition to the menu but other than that, it was pretty near perfect. The only slight fail for me was a deconstructed prawn cocktail. Fresh enough ingredients and the old skool styling delighted my guest but i didn't rate it as anything more than a dull assemblage. Thankfully we finished on an enormous pillowy chocolate mousse meant for sharers. Being one of the few desserts I have in my home cook repertoire I'm not sure it was entirely worth the £9.50 price tag, but as a bittersweet full stop to a sophisticated drinking session it was delicious. Service was excellent and sealed the deal. The owner and his bar based sidekick made an affable team. Recommendations were spot on, knowledge of their small list couldn't have been better and there was an easy welcome for everyone. Despite being slap bang in the tourist centre of the West End, The 10 Cases manages to be the local bistro you'd want to have on your street corner.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Mrs Findlay 28 February 2012

I have now been to 10 Cases twice, once to drink and once to eat and I can honestly say I think this is the most exciting new opening in London for a while. The wine list is a bit of an adventure, even for a wine buff like me, with the highlight for me being a “natural” Chardonnay from the south of France. The food is simple, rustic, comforting – great cheeses and little nibbles for when you're sitting at the bar, and a delicious smoked pork belly for a more serious meal. The team running the place are hugely efficient, welcoming and fun, so you can't help leaving with a big smile on your face. I wish them the best of luck – wine bars of London, you could learn a lot from these guys!

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