I like the concept of a place with rules, order, reasoning so the plan at 10 Cases to keep the wine list fresh by only purchasing 10 cases of any wine and offering 10 whites and 10 reds (with a couple of sparkling options and a couple of dessert wines) by the glass, the 500ml carafe, or a 750ml bottle at any given time, really appeals to me. All are displayed on a hand-written menu. There is also a small selection of fine wines written on the wall. To say all of that means nothing without noting that each of the wines we have had there has been quite good and different, generally speaking.
The 10 Cases is nice and bright with big windows. There is a small outdoor area with a few tables and seats at the bar for those just wanting to pop in for a drink or meeting spot. For those dining, The 10 Cases does not present customers with a menu but writes offerings on various blackboards around the restaurant. A bit out of character and seemingly maddening after such strict wine list points but it does add a bit of quirkiness to the place. I kept feeling I was missing something looking back and forth between boards.
We selected the salt and pepper squid with a sweet pomagrante sauce and thinly sliced green chillis (£7). The light batter was lovely and the crunch of pomegrante seeds and spice of the chillis did hit the spot.
We both opted for bavette with handcut chips and mixed green salad (£18). The portions were more than ample and as neither of us could finish it, probably too much for lunch. It was not helped by the basket of bread brought over after we ordered. (£1.50/person cover charge)
This is a good spot and one I will continue to go back to when around Covent Garden / Seven Dials, either for a glass of wine or a filling meal. Staff is attentive and the location is central. Food is superb. Though it has only been open around 18 months, they seemed to have found a way to tick all of the boxes.
The 10 Cases
16 Endell Street, London WC2H 9BD
0207 836 6801