Food, Drink, London: The 10 Cases

I’d heard about this little spot close to Covent Garden a few times before I was able to visit a couple of months ago. With only 10 wines ever on offer, and just 10 tables available inside, I was intrigued by the set up and excited to see if this arrangement yielded delicious results.

As we had plans later in the evening my friend Eileen and I decided to share a cheeseboard and sample a couple of the wines by the glass. As we were there early we were assured there would be no rush and that we could enjoy our refreshments in peace without causing an issue for the dinner rush.

There were some interesting choices on the wine list, and the brevity of the list meant that choosing options was very easy! Eileen went for a crisp, fresh Sauvignon Blanc while I sipped a lovely Tempranillo.

We shared the cheeseboard, which was really interesting, with a piquant goat’s cheese and some lovely blues and gooey soft cheeses,  and we had plenty of warm crusty bread to enjoy alongside. We also chose an asparagus special as we both adore that vegetable.

The food was good, the wine excellent, but the service towards the tail end of proceedings let things down a little. We tried to flag a server to choose an extra special, and when that failed to get the bill, but this took an awfully long time – certainly far longer than I would have expected in what is a small restaurant. I know things can happen to create issues like this, but it was a disappointing coda to our visit and rather put a dampner on things!

All in all, The 10 Cases is a cute little place, and I loved the wine choices. It’s very central, so a useful place to rendezvous; it’s also pretty expensive as an option. For the pricetag, I would have expected better service. I hope I can visit again at some point and write a rave next time. For now I’d put this in the good, not great column.

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24 Comments

  1. The Inspiration Highway
    4th September 2016 / 9:58 am

    Oh my! That asparagus looks amaze! ��

    • Claire
      6th September 2016 / 12:04 pm

      It was SO good – crisp and flavourful!

  2. Daniella Keating
    4th September 2016 / 2:29 pm

    I haven't heard of this place before and I'm surprised it is so small! That cheese looks delicious.Daniella | Freshly Pressed Beauty

    • Claire
      6th September 2016 / 12:04 pm

      It was really good – great choices!

  3. Liz Mays
    4th September 2016 / 8:38 pm

    It gives it a bit of an exclusivity with so few tables. I'd definitely give it a shot!

    • Claire
      6th September 2016 / 12:05 pm

      Pretty interesting idea by limiting the tables, for sure!

  4. Annie Bean
    4th September 2016 / 8:49 pm

    Whereabouts is it in that area? Never heard of i5. Looks good though!

    • Claire
      6th September 2016 / 12:09 pm

      It's on Endell St, right in the heart of Covent Garden.

  5. Angie Silver
    4th September 2016 / 9:21 pm

    Bread, wine and cheese…you're talking my sirens song…

    • Claire
      6th September 2016 / 12:09 pm

      We should so arrange a cheese and wine get-together soon!

  6. Dannii Martin
    5th September 2016 / 8:01 am

    A cheese board is always the way to go! I can't wait until I can eat soft cheeses again.

    • Claire
      6th September 2016 / 12:10 pm

      Not long to go! Love cheese (a little too much sometimes!).

  7. The London Mum
    5th September 2016 / 11:09 am

    I love the sound of this place, somewhere I'd love to visit myself. Shame about the service towards the end though.

    • Claire
      7th September 2016 / 7:42 am

      It was a bit of a shame – I'm such a fan of great service.

  8. Laurie Wang
    5th September 2016 / 8:23 pm

    Look at that cheese board Claire! 🙂 But I know what you mean when waiters don't bring the bills on time, really put you in a bad mood right? x

    • Claire
      7th September 2016 / 7:42 am

      It's just a bit of a pain, and a shame when everything else had been so lovely!

  9. Jessica Ayun
    6th September 2016 / 2:10 am

    Chic place! I love to check their cheese board.

    • Claire
      7th September 2016 / 7:42 am

      I'm such a cheese board fan! One of my favourite suppers.

  10. Lubka Henry
    6th September 2016 / 8:21 am

    I like this place. It has a funky vibe to it and looks cozy 🙂

    • Claire
      7th September 2016 / 7:43 am

      It's a cute spot, and right in the heart of things.

  11. LaaLaa Monroe
    6th September 2016 / 11:40 am

    Oh, I like Covent Garden. Ah shame about the service putting a dampner on it all. x

    • Claire
      7th September 2016 / 7:43 am

      It was a let-down after a nice selcetion of food and wines – not a fan of being ignored!

  12. Life-As-Mum
    6th September 2016 / 9:34 pm

    My partner loves a good cheese board. Shame about the service!

    • Claire
      7th September 2016 / 7:44 am

      Looking at these pics again is making me want to make up a cheeseboard. Soon!

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