Tongue-tying name aside, DW Eleven-13 remains a culinary gem. It comes as no surprise that the food at DW is superb. Chef Marthinus Ferreira is not only a wildly gifted chef and a crucial mentor in the South African food industry, but he’s also one of the stalwarts who has enjoyed time on every restaurant award list, both locally and abroad.
Chef Martinus is famous for being Martinus, a talented, elusive, sharp and honest man who does his own thing – especially in the kitchen. And nowhere does his unique style and point of view burn brighter than on his plates of alluring modern South African cuisine.
The eight-course degustation menu changes often to reflect the changing seasons and highlight the finest produce available. Dishes such as the seared scallop with mushroom purée, macadamia vinaigrette, porcini phyllo discs and baby pak choi paired with the 2015 Normandie 'karen' rosé is the reason why DW remains one of the most requested spots for young chefs to do placements in. Marthinus has an innate understanding of flavour pairings that goes beyond teaching; it is so note-perfect that one has to work side-by-side with the man to inherit his skills. A natural choice is the popular roast duck breast with potato fondant, radicchio, cherry ketchup, burnt honey and duck jus – it plays second fiddle to none because it’s a beautiful dish. All elements are perfectly cooked while retaining the duck’s deep gamey flavour.
On the dessert front, the Valrhona chocolate marquise with salted butterscotch, passion fruit gel, passion fruit cream and chocolate cigars is a culinary crescendo that doesn’t even require a pairing. Clearly a man up to the task, Martinus has opted for the 2013 Rietvallei '1908' muscadel. The resulting combination and flavour profile breathes new life into the dessert, enhancing it and enchanting a nation.
While cocktails, beers and non-alcoholic options are available, any wine enthusiasts would be wise to remember that chef Marthinus is both an avid wine connoisseur and collector so the selection is really worth your while – especially the lesser-known small-scale labels.
Polished and professional. The waitrons are thoroughly well-versed on the wines, expertly offering wine suggestions to go with chosen dishes. They are also very friendly and give the impression that they have time to tend to your every need. So much so that even when the service agility dips, it’s unnoticeable because you feel at home.
A well-appointed elegant dining room with lashings of proudly South African interior pieces.
All occasions. During the day the spot is great for taking shelter from the heat in the summer months or for a quick meeting, while in the evenings the room is moody and romantic.
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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.