Modern bistrot 10 Cases is now open on Endell Street in Covent Garden. Chef Juette Shallow (ex-Coq d'Argent) offers a daily-changing menu of 3 starters, 3 mains and 3 desserts, alongside a more permanent salad and signature dish. The predominantly old world wine list will feature 10 whites, 10 reds and 10 cases of each. Once these run out, the wine is changed so that regulars can try something new.
what the critics say
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - The 10 Cases would stand out as a refreshingly warm and artless restaurant in a far more competitive locale. It has its irritants, such as the tiny tables jammed so close together that the slightest knee tremor could have you up before the nearby Bow Street beaks on an indecency charge. But that may be excused considering the challenge of turning a profit in a tiny space with wine prices as decent as these...The wine was delicious. The food was generally good as well, though the most memorable dish stood out for its novel presentation...'Nothing clever or showy, just excellent wine and nice, rustic food.'
Sunday, December 11, 2011 - Best of the savoury dishes was a dolls' house-sized bowl of pea and ham soup with chewy shreds of ham in it. For all its depth of flavour, though, the soup lacked texture. It was just a little too well mannered. By comparison another starter of braised lentils with merguez sausage was decidedly ill-mannered. Just half a sausage loitered near a pile of lentils, which covered an unadvertised lump of ham hock. But the mains were the real problem...10 Cases is a brilliant idea for a restaurant; it just needs better food.
This restaurant is a nice change to the stuffy restaurants around. A simple, but really lovely place, with a great atmosphere: yesterday evening, it exhuded the feeling that everybody knew each other -- ie, it felt like the restaurant of a small town. And the food was absolutely delicious: I had the roasted peppers as an appetiser, and the beef fillet with foie gras as main course. The fillet was top-quality meat, and it was cooked exactly as I wanted it (between the "French medium rare" and the "English medium"). Potato puree was to die for. I hesitated before writing a review, as I would love 10 Cases to stay a well-kept secret. But then again, in times of crisis, I decided it was best to support 10 Cases as I would hate to see this restaurant disappear.
Comment on this reader review
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 10
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
what the bloggers say
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - I think we can establish that the chef Juette Shallow (ex-Coq d'Argent) can cook (as many reviews have indicated), so why not challenge the kitchen to come up with a more aggressive menu, maybe even introduce a set menu. As it stands, they have overpriced boring and - to put bluntly - lazy cooking. Although I will say that the foie gras dish is great as it is...With a few tweaks, 10 Cases has the potential to become something special, I am rooting for it do so, but till it evolves past this honeymoon haze, it remains as just an intriguing prospect.
Cheese and Biscuits - 9/10
Thursday, April 05, 2012 - Let's just consider what we have here. A friendly, attractive little spot in central London, serving interesting wines and great food, at reasonable prices (our bill came to 67 pounds for two with plenty of vino) and with a smile. The wine bar/bistro concept is hardly new; I can think of a dozen similar places within walking distance, many of them very good. But there is something about The 10 Cases - passion? Spirit? Perhaps just good old fashioned attention to detail and a healthy desire to offer a good product - that sets it above the crowd.
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