10 Cases

Bars and pubs , Wine bars Covent Garden
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The 10 Cases

The wooden chairs and tables spilling on to the pavement beneath a wide blue awning, the small room with its white walls, the bonhomie of the chef and patron, the buzz of a contented local crowd – all play to the popular image of a French wine bar. But you’d be hard-pressed to find as considered, interesting and wide-ranging a wine list across the Channel. The ‘10 cases’ of the name refer to the maximum quantity bought in, which keeps the line-up fresh and seasonal. The 20-plus wines on the list, available by glass, carafe and bottle, will likely be gone when you next visit – a shame, if the quality of much of what we tried is any indicator. The food has taken time to match these standards, but we’ve been more impressed of late. There are snacks such as pimientos de padrón and salt and pepper squid, but the focus is on more formal starters and mains: satisfying bistrot-inflected Modern European cooking. Braised pork belly with pea and bean ragoût, and red mullet with lentils and coriander and chilli pesto, were well made and resonant with flavour. If you’re here mainly for wine, decamp to the shop next door where you can drink in small quantities from Enomatic dispensers or pay £12 corkage to quaff your purchase, along with a few meat, cheese or salad plates.

 

Venue name: 10 Cases
Contact:
Address: 16 Endell Street
London
WC2H 9BD
Opening hours: Open noon-11pm Mon-Sat. Meals served noon-3pm, 6-11.30pm Mon-Thur; noon-11pm Fri, Sat
Transport: Tube: Covent Garden or Tottenham Court Rd tube
Price: Main courses £11-£30. House wine £23 bottle, £4 glass. Dinner for two with wine: around £80.
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Howard S

Catching up with friends, they had arranged and booked here, we arrive early, and sat al fresco outside crowd watching, whilst drinking wine, once everyone arrived we were inside, and the menus were across the walls, the salad was amazing, in fact the food & service were all good, worth trying out!

Carmen
Staff Writer

I discovered 10 cases through a friend and what a lovely surprise...there are two parts in this venue: the wine bar and the bistro. On both side you will enjoy the selection of the 10 cases wine (very selective wine selection)/ The food is great and the staff is very friendly all delivered in a friendly/cosy atmosphere. The space is not big so reservation is recommended for the bistro if you want to enjoy food. For a glass of wine at the wine bar you can just walk in. Lovely quiet place  near buzzing Covent Garden. Love it!

Lucy Loo
Tastemaker

My go-to restaurant for a special occasion or nice meal with friends. Very friendly staff, delicious food and wine. On our last visit we shared some light bites to start including pardon peppers, spicy squid and ham croquettes and for main I had a rack of lamb with delicious dauphinoise potatoes. Rounded off with cherry cheesecake for my friend and cheese for me. We tried a couple of the red wines which were both great. Highly recommend to anyone, you won't get any better for up-market bistro dining in central London.

dwoodle
Staff WriterStaff Comp

Popped into the wine shop after the theatre and it was a great way to round off the evening. Friendly staff, a glass of great wine and some good late night nibbles created the perfect end to the evening. 

k-chis

I went here recently with one of my friends and they tried to stick us in the restaurant area which was very quiet and had very little atmosphere. Luckily we managed to nab a table on the other side which was a whole different story. The wine was so good our "quick drink" turned in to a bottle (or 2). We hadn't planned on eating there but we quickly got food envy and ended up ordering a couple of the tapas/sharing boardings, thankfully they taste as good as they smell. This would be a great place for a date. 

bext45
Tastemaker

They’re two parts to 10 Cases: the Bistro where you can pre-book and a wine shop where you can sit in and drink your new purchases. Problem is the wine shop looks much more inviting and atmospheric versus the bistro which looks plain and rather drab so you may feel a pang of disappointment if you are looking for a romantic evening and end up in the bistro. You need to book ahead if you want to eat in the bistro as they only have about 20 covers. The food is good - wonderful small sharing plates and bigger main courses if you’d rather something all to yourself. But its special USP is that they only order their wine by 10 cases (thus the name) so there is an ever changing selection of interesting wine on offer. Order by the glass, carafe or bottle, you can sample all what is on offer; it really is quite a lovely intimate night out (if you can get over not being next door).

Noel

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Staff Writer

Great food, great wines, wonderful spot to sit outside the front when the sun is shining. Great service too.

Michael C

Great little place away from the main (aka tourist) thoroughfares of Covent Garden.  Don't be misguided by the name and the ethos - it's a great place for food as well as wine!  Quite small space but no parties bigger than six so it's never too noisy either.  

Mike

Loved this place. A relaxing dining experience with friendly unobtrusive service. Food was excellent, and the portions just the right size to enable you to manage a 3 course meal in comfort. Nice selection of wines too, and being able to buy by the glass allowed us to sample several types. We will be back!

Spooks

Guy Diamond has got this place totally wrong and hasn't understood the concept. This is a gem of a Bistro, serving high-quality food - no, it's not haute-cuisine but it's not trying to be. There are only 3 of each course because the menu changes daily which is ensures top quality, freshness and makes it a pleasure to go back again and again - seriously Guy; go and talk to the owners, or the cliental, or just go back with your eyes open (noone else seems to have had such a problem however...)!

stephanie

Have eaten here several times and never had a bad meal.Excellent friendly service and good atmosphere.Felt like being in France.Fresh good quality ingredients simply cooked and good value.Wish I had it in my neighbourhood!

YS

Stumbled onto this place on our way to the Theatre. Salad was so-so, fish was great, my friends enjoyed the wine (I don't drink). The place had a nice neighbourhood feel to it.

CS

A thoroughly enjoyable meal, admittedly simple but very well made and full of flavour. excellent tarts. lovely wine, thoug 1 bottle tried did disappoint, quickly replaced by another tried already. Of course, full marks to Annabelle, for fine and friendly service. We'll try again.