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DW Eleven-13 – Romance in the City of Gold

Dec 12, 2019, Author: Bianca Spinner

Because we believe you should never stop dating your wife and you should always cosy up with that special someone, allow us to introduce one of the dreamiest eateries in our city: DW Eleven-13. It’s in a slightly bizarre location at the bottom of the Dunkeld West Shopping Centre that’s completely hidden yet utterly treasured. But aside from its location, executive head chef and owner Marthinus Ferreira has created a showstopper. 


You’ll be drawn in by the romantic aura of this 60-seater space with its clean, fine lines, minimalistic feel and ultra-contemporary design. The creation of distinct flavours in the cuisine is also depicted in the discrete décor – it’s simple and beautiful. What will really catch your eye is the ceiling exhibition of upside-down baobab trees. Once you’re seated with a glass of Eigashima Shuzo white wine cask whisky (one of 500 bottles in the world), you and your partner will be prepared to be taken to cloud nine. The dishes are innovative, and each ingredient shines throughout to create an ideal balance. 

There’s never a dull moment when it comes to this imaginative six course whisky pairing (you can also opt for a wine or a non-alcoholic pairing). Whiskies have been meticulously hand-selected for each dish and, yes … it all comes together like a philharmonic orchestra! For a tongue teaser, you’ll begin with breadsticks and a kimchi mayo followed by dusky black mussel shell cannoli topped with pumpkin and kale and then a plate of fish in toast (yes, in not on toast).  


Showing off the restaurant’s culinary skills is the second course of the tasting menu: Gnocchi with spinach, seeds, raisins, capers and a decadently flaky and full-flavoured Karoo crumble … it’s pure perfection! The forgiving potato pockets fill your mouth with umami whilst the seductive leafy-green sauce exquisitely compliments the richness of the pasta. 

Another typical whisky pairing of goat’s cheese, guava and honeycomb conjures memories of a summer’s day, savouring in the dazzle of the Stellenbosch winelands. It’s light and airy and allows for your palate to be cleansed for the final dessert dish, which is a masterstroke; a crispy brittle confectionery – a vanilla and strawberry feuillantine paired with a velvety smooth wheated bourbon, W1 Weller Special Reserve. 

The restaurant is open Tuesday to Saturday for lunch and dinner. 


Tasting menu options 

R900 – food 

R1,125 – non-alcoholic and food pairing 

R1,375 – wine and food pairing 

R1,500 – whisky and food pairing 

Dunkeld West Shopping Centre, corner of Jan Smuts Avenue & Bompas Road, Dunkeld West 

011 341 0663 

[email protected] 

Facebook: @restaurantdweleven13 

Twitter: @dweleven13 

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