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.