DW eleven-13, Johannesburg
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DW eleven-13 is one of the few Johannesburg restaurants to consistently feature in the top 10 of the Eat Out DSTV Food Network Restaurant Awards.
DW eleven-13 is a top-end Johannesburg restaurant regularly honoured among the country’s best – it is no stranger to top restaurant polls. The curious name of the restaurant is derived from its location at shops 11, 12 and 13 in the Dunkeld West Shopping Centre, and is also a tribute to the time that chef and owner Marthinus Ferreira spent in some of London's finest kitchens.
Ferreira has worked among Michelin-star chefs and in some of the top dining establishments in South Africa and the United Kingdom. He deems it a challenge to entice diners from their comfort zones to try new taste experiences, and continues to delight patrons, who return time again.
There’s nothing simple about the dishes on the constantly evolving menu, with each choice accompanied by a profusion of imaginatively combined ingredients. Your Alaskan king crab cocktail starter, for example, will include avocado purée, Marie Rose shredded cos lettuce, corn sorbet and lumpfish roe. You can expect your butter-roasted hake, one of the mains, to come with white-bean purée, asparagus, crispy Parma ham and beef vinaigrette.
Operating on the same premises is the Grazing Room, where Ferreira offers his interpretation of a Spanish tapas menu. Guests are welcome to 'graze through' a series of sharing plates, which change regularly. You may find Portuguese sardines, chorizo salad and polenta cubes on the menu; or broccoli soup, steak tartare and tomato toast.
DW eleven-13 boasts an incredible wine list too, with a decent selection available by the glass.
Note that menus are dictated by the season ... although it makes no difference when you visit this exquisite eatery – your taste buds will definitely thank you.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Dunkeld West Shopping Centre
Corner of Jan Smuts Avenue and Bompas Road
Dunkeld West, Johannesburg
Tel: +27 (0)11 341 0663 or + 27 (0)11 325 2843
How to get here
DW eleven-13 is just off one of the main thoroughfares of Johannesburg – Jan Smuts Avenue – and is conveniently located in the suburb of Dunkeld West, behind the Dunkeld West Shopping Centre.
Best time to visit
DW eleven-13 is open for lunch from Tuesday to Saturday (noon to 2.30pm); on Sundays the restaurant remains open until 3pm. It is open for dinner from Tuesday to Saturday, 6.30 to 10pm.
Around the area
There are numerous malls in the area, including Hyde Park and Sandton City. The Rosebank African market is a good place to get curios. For before-dinner drinks, try the Champagne Bar at 54 on Bath (hotel).
Tours to do
Take a tour of Satyagraha House, where Gandhi once lived; or visit Liliesleaf Farm, where Nelson Mandela once hid from the apartheid authorities. Both are within easy driving distance.
What will it cost
An average main course will cost in the region of R150 to R180. There is a corkage fee as well: R75 for wine and R150 for sparkling wine or champagne.
What to pack
A healthy appetite.
Where to stay
Stay at Ten Bompas Hotel, just down the road from DW eleven-13. Ten Bompas is one of Johannesburg's leading boutique hotels and offers luxury accommodation with an African flair. Other boutique options include the Peech Hotel in Melrose or Clico Boutique Hotel in Rosebank.
What to eat
Bear in mind that chef and owner Marthinus Ferreira changes the menu regularly according to the season and availability of fresh produce. However, the Alaskan crab cocktail (for starters), the butter-roasted hake with white-bean puree, asparagus, crisp Parma ham and beef vinaigrette should do it for main course, while the gorgonzola ice cream is a fine way to finish off.
Not too far from DW eleven-13, you will find some of Johannesburg's finest art galleries, including Gallery Momo, the Circa Gallery and the Goodman Gallery.