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DW Eleven-13

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Contemporary European Fine Dining South African
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Attributes

  • Romantic
  • Gourmet Guide Plated
  • Gourmet Guide Plated 2019

dw eleven-13 offers a unique experience through experimental cuisine and invites diners to explore the unknown as well as interesting twists on familiar dishes.

Gourmet Guide Description

'celebrating uniquely South African cuisine'

You’ll be warmly welcomed to the pride of Dunkeld West. Décor is modern and uncluttered, the lunch atmosphere relaxed. Dinner is a more sophisticated affair, with sommelier and waitrons poised to offer you only the best culinary journey.

As chef Marthinus Ferreira says, “The menu is small, but the passion is large.” The seasonal menu is packed with flavour and impact, and service is slick and unobtrusive. Having recently celebrated his 10th year, Marthinus is still committed to his craft and confident. His cooking style is going in the right direction – from humble bistro fare to experimental fine dining. He was influenced by prominent chefs like Heston Blumenthal and Gordon Ramsay with whom he worked early in his career, but Marthinus has toiled hard to establish his own style.

The focus is on provenance and highlights flavour and technique. This is where his years of experience and inventiveness kick in, it’s all about perfecting the art of cooking for this award-winning chef. Patrons have a choice of two tasting menus – four courses or a full menu when you have a few hours to fully enjoy the experience. Expect little extras and elements like the willowy grissini sticks that double up as décor accents on the table.

The ever-changing seasonal menu merely lists the ingredients used in each course and the waiters/chefs will explain the nuances of each dish. The idea is to be flexible when working with what’s abundantly fresh and available. Although the food is stylish, the chefs focus on maximizing only three elements. Some dishes are reminiscent of traditional SA flavours – like the maize ‘snack’ served with a chakalaka purée. Heritage food ideas appear on the plate but not in a traditional way. You’ll find ‘Cape Malay’ on the menu is the form of ‘pickled fish’ – hake that has been cured, sliced and pickled. The pastries deserve a mention – like the outstanding bread selection (including corn and a sweet potato bread) served with home-made butters and spreads.

Chefs come out of the kitchen to present guests with their flavour profiles. No doubt that you will be entranced and impressed.

"This is my theatre and I want you to enjoy the show…" Chef Marthinus Ferreira

Reviews (274)

4.4 out of 5.0
Food 4.7
Value 4.2
Service 4.6
Ambience 4.2
  • Steven S. Dined: 20 hours ago
    4.8
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 4.0

    Reviewed on: Fri 20 May 22
    We had a tasting menu. It was a truly special experience. Minor issues were, the steak main was only good where as the rest was all exceptional. And though the service was very friendly, I could not hear half of the descriptions, even after asking the waitress to repeat herself. Perhaps a written description of the courses would help, given the challenge of masks, music and other patrons.

  • Jean Claude L. Dined: 2 days ago
    3.3
    Food 5.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 2.0
    Ambience 2.0

    Reviewed on: Wed 18 May 22
    Service is worsening… impersonal and not at all at the level of the great food served

  • Jean Claude L. Dined: 2 days ago
    2.8
    Food 4.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 2.0
    Ambience 1.0

    Reviewed on: Wed 18 May 22
    It is most probqbly the 10th time i came. Food still great but level of service is really now basic.;; not reqlly q greqt experience qnymore.;;

  • Gavin & Kristy Dined: 5 days ago
    4.8
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 4.0

    Reviewed on: Mon 16 May 22
    My husband and I went for the tasting menu at DW Eleven-13 to celebrate my birthday, and it was a stunning experience, from start to finish. The menu is exquisite -- intelligent, surprising, and absolutely mouth-watering. Everything from the plating (gorgeous) to the textural interest of each dish was five star. We especially appreciated the service by Emily, whose knowledge of each dish helped guide us on the tasting menu journey, and the extensive wine expertise of Richard, the sommelier--we learned so much about each wine, and marveled at the way the wine selections complemented each dish, bringing out new flavor experiences. If you are booking for the tasting menu, we only suggest that you start early in the evening -- even 6 or 6:30pm if you can manage it. For us, the whole experience took about four hours, and you definitely do not want to rush the pleasures of this menu. --Kristy Leissle Pike

  • JC v. Dined: 1 week ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Mon 16 May 22
    This was truly a unique experience. Wonderful, exciting, delicious...

  • Dr Gabriel D. Dined: 6 days ago
    3.8
    Food 4.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 4.0
    Ambience 3.0
  • MERITH R. Dined: 5 days ago
    4.5
    Food 5.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 4.0
  • Alicia K. Dined: 5 days ago
    3.5
    Food 3.0
    Value 3.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 3.0
  • Carmen M. Dined: 6 days ago
    4
    Food 5.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 3.0
    Ambience 4.0

    Reviewed on: Sat 14 May 22
    One of the waiters did not listen to our order and brought the wrong mains. And also announced the price of the meal at the end which upset me and my guest because it was her birthday and I haven’t ever had that unwelcome experience before. Other than that, the food and space are perfect. 10/10

  • Quinton Dined: 6 days ago
    4.8
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 4.0

    Reviewed on: Sat 14 May 22
    A great all round experience

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  • Monday CLOSED
  • Tuesday 12h00 - 14h30, 18h30 - 22h30
  • Wednesday 12h00 - 14h30, 18h30 - 22h30
  • Thursday 12h00 - 14h30, 18h30 - 22h30
  • Friday 12h00 - 14h30, 18h30 - 22h30
  • Saturday 12h00 - 14h30, 18h30 - 22h30
  • Sunday CLOSED
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