The Dunkeld West Shopping Centre is a very unassuming centre, so you’ll be excused for not knowing that one of Joburg’s top fine dining restaurants is secreted behind by the parking lot. Now, please don’t let that turn you off – by no means will you be plonked at a table with views of cars trying to get into parking bays. When you walk in, you’re greeted by elegant yet comfortable interiors, which can only indicate the type of experience you’re about to have…
At the helm is one of SA’s best chefs, Marthinus Ferreira. You might recognise him as one of the original judges on Ultimate Braai Master, a cooking reality show with fellow chefs and co-judges Justin Bonello and Bertus Basson.
Marthinus’s love of food is very evident in his menu, which is described as “experimental cuisine” with interesting twists on familiar dishes. The menu is also updated regularly, showcasing seasonal ingredients and sustainable produce that is sourced locally.
Now be warned, this is not the type of place you go for a one-dish dinner. Nope. This is a languid multi-course affair, complete with impeccable wine and a cognac to finish it off (if that’s your thing). And for the plant lovers out there, DW Eleven-13 also offers a four-course vegetarian menu.
Current standout dishes include seared salmon raita with curry espuma, apricot gel, apple, crispy salmon skin, tuile de pain and salmon roe; and smoked potato dumplings with fondue sauce, braised cabbage, raisin gel, walnuts, celery Roasted quail poached quail egg, broccoli, grapes, pickled onions, mushroom purée and sherry velouté. If you’re a venison fan, try the Dukkha spiced impala with pear atchar, parsnip purée, beetroot, charred leeks and cinnamon jus.
For dessert, choose between apple crumble (with caramelised apples, spiced crumble, green apple sorbet, custard sphere and candied pistachio), hay ice cream (with beer caramel, pear purée, phyllo shard, bee pollen and hay ash), sweet potato cake (served with maple ice cream, sweet potato mousse, orange gel, caramelised walnuts and spiced brandy syrup) and 24-month aged Van Gaalen gouda (with praline, hazelnuts, espresso custard, pickled onions).
You’re guaranteed brilliant service and outstanding food, so save DW Eleven-13 for a special occasion, where you can relish the evening away with your family or loved one.
Details: 011 341 0663 / www.dw11-13.co.za / Dunkeld West Shopping Centre, Jan Smuts Avenue and Bompas Street, Dunkeld West