It’s finally very sunny. I’ve ditched the black opaque tights. People are spilling out onto pavements this weekend, and everyone is generally in a much better mood.
Friday plus the sunshine was the perfect reason for an alfresco lunch. J had been raving about 10 Cases, so we nabbed a table outside. It’s been there on Endell Street for a few years, and the name comes from the ever-changing wine list – they only ever buy ten cases of each wine, and when it’s gone, it really is gone.
Wine featured at lunch. Four kinds no less. A light sparkling, dry Riesling, pretty pink (not sweet) rose, and another made from sherry grapes (I think). I should have made a note of each, but chances are there might be new cases on the list anyway.
The menu is made up of small and larger plates (small £5-£10 ish, large £15-£20ish). We started with the charcuterie board, with rows of excellent smoky chorizo, salami and Parma/Serrano type ham (meant to check which), dinky radishes and pickled artichoke hearts. The padron peppers were perfectly charred, with a spicy sprinkling on top, and the squid came as delicious long curls with a beetroot relish.
From the larger plates, the first was beautifully spring green, with pearly halibut on top buttery asparagus, slivers of pickled cucumber and a green sauce. The salad of pork cheek, bacon and poached egg was just that, with the three things on top of the lettuce. A little strange as a combination, but the pork cheek was very tender indeed. A little bowl of courgette fritters on the side came crumbed in polenta, apparently not as light as usual, but still tasty nonetheless.
The fourth type of wine clearly needed a plate of cheese. The selection was well-chosen (including a gooey St Marcelin, ash-coated wedge, and tangy cheddar), all with a sticky/sour cherry chutney. A few tiny blips in the food, but I loved 10 Cases, especially the wine (because of the wine drank, and the great selection – the staff are really knowledgeable and happy to recommend). Grab a table outside in the sun and work your way through the list this spring/summer.