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DW Eleven-13

DW Eleven-13
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  • Location 011 341 0663
  • Phone Number Shop 11-13, Dunkeld West Shopping centre, corner Jan Smuts and Bompas Streets, Dunkeld West, Johannesburg
  • email info@dw11-13.co.za
  • Website URL http://www.dw11-13.co.za
  • Opening Hours

    Lunch: Tuesday to Sunday 12 noon to 2.30pm

    Dinner: Tuesday to Saturday 6.30pm to 10pm

Cost
R650 food, R1100 wine and food pairing, R850 Non-alcoholic and food pairing. The tasting menu includes all teas and coffee, gratuity not included.
Ambience
Classic elegance
Food
Fine-dining food, Modern
Payment
Amex, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
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Critic's review

Kate Liquorish

Food
Marthinus Ferreira continues to delight patrons with a symphony of morsels celebrating molecular gastronomy with classical undertones.

The choice between the à la carte menu and the five-course degustation menu is an easy one: spoil yourself and indulge. The degustation menu is a sumptuous culinary journey. Simply put, it’s a sensory spectacle.

The journey begins with an exquisitely presented selection of breads and butters atop a delectable dukkah, fine radish slices and sesame tuiles – all handmade and deliciously moreish. This is followed by a selection of amuse-bouches that continue in the same vein: decadent, precise and positively enchanting. The crispy chicken skin with seaweed and kimchi is life changing.

Time for the main event. (It should be noted that those with smaller appetites need not fear; the portion size is well thought out and perfectly accurate to ensure you enjoy, rather than regret, every last bite.)

A standout is the polenta with cauliflower espuma, sultanas, pine nuts, kale and brown butter – a perfect example of Marthinus’s ability to take modest ingredients and transform them into dishes that are outlandishly good. The depth of savoury notes brought through by the cauliflower, browned butter and pine nuts is wonderfully juxtaposed against the sweet sultanas and surprisingly velvety polenta.

Another highlight is the confit-duck cannelloni, comprising smoked duck wrapped in a light pasta and finished with a langoustine, tarragon velouté, onion crumb and pickled shimeji. It’s such a rich and sinful piece of magic, one of those dishes that you feel you could eat all over again.

Just as much attention is paid to the sweet components of the menu as to the savoury. Every element is painstakingly hand-crafted, and Marthinus’s famous ice creams remain an absolute drawcard. The honey-and-thyme ice cream with poppy-seed sponge, white chocolate and lemon curd is a sensation.

Drinks
The wine list is well priced and innovative, with lesser-known wine farms celebrated. You can choose to enjoy the degustation menu with wine pairings or non-alcoholic pairings, or you can choose the perfect bottle with the help of the exceptionally well-versed general manager and sommelier, Mario Monteiro. The wine pairings are strikingly on point, and the presentation and explanation of each wine and its accompanying dish brings meaning and appreciation to the experience. At R400 per person, the wine pairing is an expensive choice, but the wines included are serious. The servings of wine are small, but quality, not quantity, is the idea here.

Service
The finite attention to detail is remarkable. The waitrons and management have an acute understanding of how to gauge each table’s needs, giving the individual attention you require in a seamless and understated manner. Having said that, you will not feel mollycoddled or upsold; they’re not showy about giving fantastic service. You get the impression that it gives everyone great pleasure to do so.

Ambience
A great deal of time, effort and money has gone into the creation of this space. Being located in a small but extremely busy shopping centre with a parking lot as the exterior is not ideal, so they have incorporated soft blinds that veil the lot, whilst still allowing for some natural light. The lighting itself is integral to bringing warmth to the space, and the play between masculine leather chairs, soft wooden tables, modern details and chic finishings really brings the space to life.

And…
Don’t forget about DW’s little sister, The Grazing Room, right next door. With outstanding wines by the glass, lip-smackingly good tapas and a relaxed, upmarket atmosphere, it’s the perfect post-work, post-meeting, any-excuse-will-do eatery.

(September 2016)

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  • Hennie

    Food
    Things get off to a very good start. Apart from a lovely selection of breads – Italian  olive loaf, and walnut-and-raisin rye served on small petit four stands and accompanied by three different butters – savoury truffle-and-honey drizzled churros make a delightful little snack to whet the appetite.

    The à la carte menu offers a choice of about five to six starters, main courses and desserts, with a small number of interesting side dishes listed separately. A dish of polenta, cauliflower espuma, sultana, pine nuts, crispy kale and brown butter may sound way too vegetarian, but is clear proof that chef Marthinus Ferreira knows how to turn simple ingredients into a magical dish. Veal sweetbreads, lightly grilled with bacon, peas, wilted mint and lettuce, turnip purée and lemon, is an equally fantastic beginning to a meal.

    For mains, the options include a vegetarian dish of potato dumplings with feta croquette, spinach, red pepper and charred aubergine. The pork belly and special Karoo lamb dishes are both hearty and comforting, while the Bonsmara rump would make any true blue South African jump with joy.

    On the lighter side, two fish options include a kingklip and celeriac dish as well as a sole and prawn garam masala with chickpea purée, cucumber and baby marrow. The side dishes are broccoli with sesame, parmesan-pine-nut salad, roasted vegetable salad and triple cooked chips. Dessert options include vanilla-and-hazelnut ice cream with chocolate sorbet and tonka-bean cream; apple-crumble ice cream; buttermilk panna cotta; and a ganache dish with coconut sorbet, banana ice cream, chocolate soil, macaroon and peanut sauce.

    Drinks
    The drinks list is as well designed and fuss free as the food menu. A two-pager covers everything you could need, with a fantastic array of interesting wines. Glassware and decanters are high quality and there is a sommelier on hand to give advice or help with a food/wine pairing. Six Champagnes should provide enough choice for any serious Francophile, and there is a good selection of MCCs. There are quite a few interesting whites, as well as an impressive selection of international whites and rosé/blanc de noir wines, and a mouth-watering selection of reds. It is particularly helpful that wines are categorised according to styles such as Rhône, Cape, New World and Bordeaux.

    Service
    Restaurant manager Robyn Michaels could comfortably be in charge of any Michelin-starred restaurant in the world – she is elegant, accommodating and understands the art of keeping customers happy. While people may question the prices that top-end restaurants charge, when you sit back at the end of the meal and reflect on the full experience – the service, the ambience, the food and all the other little touches – that premium is justified here. There is some Joburg savvy about the way waiters interact with guests; while they are friendly and engaging, they are never intrusive.

    Ambience
    The foyer (which also serves The Grazing Room next door) is welcoming and sets the tone with a few Oriental carpets underfoot, a number of elegant couches and a small bar at the back. The décor has evolved over the years and is now somewhat less austere than when the restaurant opened. Wire baobab trees employed as light fittings are a quirky touch.

    And…
    The degustation menu of the day may offer elements from the à la carte menu, but include other delights such as seared salmon with cucumber ketchup, charred cucumber, apple, salmon roe and oyster coulis. Apart from the wine pairing option, you could also opt for the non-alcoholic beverage pairing, which offers a raspberry beer; bloody beetroot and cranberry; warm apple and morgentau tea; and a buttered-ginger shake. The degustation menu also includes a cheese course that lists a brie ice cream, poached pear, pepper crumble, rocket and port gel that sounds sublime, and to guild the lily, the meal ends with a selection of petit fours that includes superb peanut-butter truffles and bush-peach white chocolates.
    (August 2015)

  • Eat Out

    Food
    Marthinus Ferreira is an extremely passionate chef who’s worked with the likes of Heston Blumenthal – and it shows. This is a man striving for constant improvement, and his contemporary menu with hints of bistro classics offers a feast of note. Attention to detail shows throughout the meal, from the exceptional bread offering to the petits fours and great tableside presentation. You may start with a serving of crayfish with miso spinach, caramelised aubergine purée, lime mayonnaise and prawn powder – a delicate dish that nevertheless packs a flavour punch. Everything emerging from the kitchen is both delicious and generous, from dry-aged sirloin with an oxtail croquette, smoked bone marrow and white onion velouté to a delightful dessert of dulce de leche ice cream with white chocolate hazelnut praline and chocolate fudge sponge. Marthinus is going all out and taking no prisoners – though eating here, you wouldn’t mind if he did...

    Wine
    The wine list is concise but creatively curated, with a small if steeply priced international section and good by-the-glass options. Sommelier Patson Mathonsi is a very deserving recipient of this year’s Tsogo Sun Wine Service Award. A fount of knowledge who’s always on hand but never pushy, his recommendations are well thought-out, playful and precise.

    Service
    Exceedingly attentive, welcoming and informed. Marthinus greets diners at the door himself.

    Ambience
    This is a lively, cheerful venue. Tables are generously spaced and quality tableware emphasises the fact that you’re in a top restaurant.

    Comments by the 2014 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards judges

    “Marthinus’s food is both precise and hearty, with big flavours and delicious combinations.” – Kate Wilson

    “This chef’s sincerity, passion and commitment are very inspiring.” – Abigail Donnelly

    “Truly, Marthinus is cooking up a storm in the City of Gold.” – Arnold Tanzer

    (August 2014)

  • Janine Walker

    Food
    This has been regarded as one of the city’s finest restaurants for the past few years, but Marthinus Ferreira and his team don’t sit on their laurels and continually come up with wonderful taste sensations. The compact menu, with daily specials, is well-thought out. The starters are pricey – many in the same price range as the mains – but they are works of art that taste as good as they look. The butter-roasted langoustine served with a confit quail leg, smoked quail breast and poached quail egg on a bed of lentils and corn with a tarragon veloute is a winner, as is the dish of warm crayfish and battered sweetbreads served on a miso-dressed salad of chickpeas, aubergine, pickled ginger, shitake mushrooms, sprouts and coriander shoots. Well done to the team for serving one of the country’s most underrated fish – hake. In this instance, it was served on a delicately spiced coconut and mussel veloute and bed of baby spinach. Plating is beautiful to match the seasons: the winter duck thigh confit and magrit duck breast is a colour explosion of orange and deep burgundy thanks to the beetroot purée and caramelised orange duck jus.

    Wine
    It’s an excellent wine list with unusual South African wines as well as offerings from around the globe and a good selection of wines available by the glass. Each dish comes with a recommended wine teaser and the excellent sommelier is on hand to make suggestions.

    Service
    It’s efficient but sometimes lacks a personal touch.

    Ambience
    Contemporary and spacious with good quality napiery, crockery and glassware.

    And...
    A six-course tasting menu offering flavours of the whole menu is available with and without wine pairings. (October 2013)

User reviews

  • The location is a little odd, just off a parking lot in a dodgy shopping centre. BUT, when you eventually find the entrance and walk in… you’re taking away to somewhere else, you forget all about the parking lot and the surroundings. We were seated quickly despite us having arrive 20 minutes early for our booking (we came here to celebrate my partners 30th). We were offered water and handed menus and the wine list. We decided on what to drink and eat but did wait quite a while to even order our wine. But once ordered it arrived quickly and we started drinking away and ordered our starters and mains. While we waited for our starters we were brought a complimentary bread and butter selection. There was a cheese and onion white loaf, a cranberry rye and a delicious french goats cheese and honey something (can't remember the name)... these were served with some delicious smoked olives and three different butters - salter butter, apricot butter and a truffle fluff (to die for). This really was a great start to the what was to follow. For round 1 (starters) I had the Quail and Langoustine, which after reading numerous raving reviews on, did NOT disappoint. It was just simply delicious, full of flavour and so more-ish. The portion looks small on the plate, but the richness of the dish really made for a hearty meal. My fiancé has the cured duck tart starter, this was a cold dish (which I don’t think he or I had anticipated) but it was also full of flavour, quite a citrus punch but tasty none-the-less… but I definitely won the best order on that round. Round 2 (mains) I ordered the pork belly with roasted cabbage and some apple gel with prok crackling.. it was delicious. And my partner had the wagyu beef main… also really really tasty. We ordered a side of triple fried chips as well, but that was completely unnecessary. People had said in numerous reviews that the portions are too small etc… not a chance, after the complimentary bread and butters and a starter, I struggled to finish my main course. But I tried the best I could. We then ordered some coffee and to our surprise a little tray of delightful sweet treats came out of the kitchen as a complimentary dish as well. Two mini brownies, two decadent fudges and two delightful white chocolate. So delicious and what a lovely way to end the meal. When the bill arrived, I wasn’t all that surprised at the cost as I had kind of calculated as I went along. It’s pricey, but absolutely worth it for a special occasion. What a lovely experience!
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  • Definitely one of the best restaurants in Johannesburg. We had the set menu which was out of this world. Every single dish is a master piece. 5 stars to the chef and staff of the restaurant. The service is excellent and the restaurant is excellent value for money for fine dining.Can't wait for the new menu.
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  • Once a month the girls and I have our monthly eating out date. This month (on 30th July 2015) we chose to eat at DW. We had all been looking forward to it for quite some time as this was one of our more "expensive" choices of the year and we were hoping for some different and elegant cuisine. We were NOT disappointed. The food was just amazing! It is definitely not your run of the mill everyday food and your taste buds definitely take a journey with every bite. We chose the "degustation" menu which takes you through 6 courses, a pallet cleanser and some petit fours. The stand out for me was the Polenta, cauliflower espuma, sultanas, pine nuts, kale, brown butter which was just so good...it was strangely good...I can't explain why? We also got spoiled with a couple complimentary courses which were divine! Our waiter was excellent and was very attentive but also gave us our space. The ambiance was great and felt "smart"...as a bunch of ladies you can understand that we did bring a level of volume to the restaurant which I think may be the only thing it is lacking. We all really had a great time and I think it was worth every cent.
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  • I took my wife out for her birthday to DW 11 Thirteen. We fully expected to love every second of our dining experience here. We were wrong. DW is located off a fairly dodgy multi-story car-park and rubs elbows with a betting joint. Arriving we felt a bit uncomfortable but, hey, this place is great, right? DW is a bit dark and claustrophobic inside: dark walls, dark floor, down-lights were dim - like they were a bit apologetic - not a great start. The hostess and staff were very friendly and attentive though. We were shown to our seats and after poring over the menu we selected our courses. The first course we both had - quail - was ok. The smoked quail breast and sauce was outstanding, but was sorely let down by the addition of lentils, sweet-corn and maize kernels. The textures were weird and the flavours of the legumes and veg killed everything else. My main course was pork belly. The belly itself was ok, a bit tasteless, but no worries the pureed apple addition had been pepped up with - what I can only assume - was some artificial apple extract. It tasted like a toffee apple on steroids. Finally my desert was the apple crumble. It looked great with the dry ice pumping out clouds of smoky vapour. I am pretty sure, though, that the custard was watered down Ultra-Mel, the cream infused with generous amounts of said apple extract, and the weird toffee apple the crowned the course was made with burnt sugar - bitter as I was at this point. My wife's dessert was advertised as chocolate ganache, but there was more banana and peanuts than ganache - there was no mention of these on the menu - and I'm sure she would have chosen differently if she had known. Finally, the after dinner petit-fours. These were lumps of tasteless (probably bought) chocolate and fudge. So, so, so, so disappointing. The wine was great though, 2013 L'Avenir Merlot - I fully recommend it. We left feeling poorer and somewhat abused. I'd much rather had spent half the money on a great steak.
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  • As many reviewers have stated the location is a little odd, just off a parking lot in a dodgy shopping centre. BUT, when you eventually find the entrance and walk in… you’re taking away to somewhere else, you forget all about the parking lot and the surroundings. We were seated quickly despite us having arrive 20 minutes early for our booking (we came here to celebrate my partners 30th). We were offered water and handed menus and the wine list. We decided on what to drink and eat but did wait quite a while to even order our wine. But once ordered it arrived quickly and we started drinking away and ordered our starters and mains. While we waited for our starters we were brought a complimentary bread and butter selection. There was a cheese and onion white loaf, a cranberry rye and a delicious french goats cheese and honey something (can't remember the name)... these were served with some delicious smoked olives and three different butters - salter butter, apricot butter and a truffle fluff (to die for). This really was a great start to the what was to follow. For round 1 (starters) I had the Quail and Langoustine, which after reading numerous raving reviews on, did NOT disappoint. It was just simply delicious, full of flavour and so more-ish. The portion looks small on the plate, but the richness of the dish really made for a hearty meal. My fiancé has the cured duck tart starter, this was a cold dish (which I don’t think he or I had anticipated) but it was also full of flavour, quite a citrus punch but tasty none-the-less… but I definitely won the best order on that round. Round 2 (mains) I ordered the pork belly with roasted cabbage and some apple gel with prok crackling.. it was delicious. And my partner had the wagyu beef main… also really really tasty. We ordered a side of triple fried chips as well, but that was completely unnecessary. People had said in numerous reviews that the portions are too small etc… not a chance, after the complimentary bread and butters and a starter, I struggled to finish my main course. But I tried the best I could. We then ordered some coffee and to our surprise a little tray of delightful sweet treats came out of the kitchen as a complimentary dish as well. Two mini brownies, two decadent fudges and two delightful white chocolate. So delicious and what a lovely way to end the meal. When the bill arrived, I wasn’t all that surprised at the cost as I had kind of calculated as I went along. It’s pricey, but absolutely worth it for a special occasion. What a lovely experience!
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  • Accepts credit cards
  • Booking required
  • Cocktails
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  • Licensed
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