South African flavours and textures are the playground of Marthinus Ferreira, DW Eleven-13’s owner and chef. Pre-pairing menu snacks include skhokho (the crust of a pot of pap) with drops of chakalaka, served on a bed of popcorn kernels. Marvel at bread sticks created so perfectly they serve as table décor, while gluten-free cornbread is served alongside sweet potato, rosemary and onion loaf.
The tasting menu takes guests on a different journey each week. The kabeljou, curry, coriander and mint dish smells like Easter on a plate, with fish selected using the Abalobi app, which promotes ecologically and socially sustainable fishing. Each component, be it gnocchi, pork or turnip, is treated with care and respect. The smell of black Italian truffle fills the room as the finest shredded spinach embraces light-as-air gnocchi.
Even the gorgonzola with celery, walnuts and grapes transcends the idea of a cheese plate. Bursting with colour and flavour, the lime, mango, papaya, lemongrass and meringue dessert is a work of art.
The pairing menu offers non-alcoholic, wine, or whisky pairings, immaculately complementing each dish. From Meinert ‘The Italian Job’ White Merlot 2017 paired with curried fish to the 2017 Elgin Ridge Chaos White paired with gnocchi and truffle – no detail goes unnoticed. The 20-year-old Alambré Moscatel de Setúbal from Portugal is the gorgonzola’s ideal companion.
Whether it’s long tables or intimate dinners, attention to detail is evident throughout. Impeccable service, including a personal visit from the chef.
With grey décor, and a sense that the outside frenzy has been shut out, there’s an element of serenity inside the restaurant. The atmosphere is jovial as conversation and laughter rise to meet the wire sculptures on the ceiling.
Making every night a special occasion and celebrating the best of life itself.
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DW has never disappointed us when we've visited. We've been there for landmark birthdays and anniversary celebrations and we've always found the food delicious and artfully presented.
The service and staff are warm and friendly, there's no stiff manner which creates a very relaxed place for you to enjoy your meal.
Their vegetarian tasting menu paired with wine is definitely a hit and you won't be left disappointed. A lot of the time, I find fine dining tends to underestimate how much one can do with vegetarian food. The vegetarian option is usually not worth the price you pay, but that is not the case with DW.
It is on the pricey side but I find that the food, service and all around experience is worth the price at DW!
Amazing food! Very attentive staff.
Every plate is a masterpiece! If you have time, and a decent budget, try the degustation menu with wine pairings, absolutely phenomenal! Their wine list is vast, and sommelier award winning. This is what fine dining looks like.
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!
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.