The cuisine at this progressive South African restaurant might bear all the hallmarks of a celebrity chef who has worked with the likes of Gordon Ramsay and Heston Blumenthal. But this highly rated Johannesburg enterprise is strictly a family affair.
Chef Marthinus Ferreira’s father, mother and sister all play key roles in keeping DW-eleven-13 running smoothly. And it’s this solid backing that has allowed this creative and outgoing chef to flourish.
A judge on the hit South African reality cooking TV show The Ultimate Braai Master, Ferreira pays close attention to the impact of colour and texture in his food, building layers of flavour to showcase seasonal ingredients.
From the three course a la carte menu, to the six course tasting menu, Ferreira’s dishes evolve with the availability of ingredients, or simply “when a dish gets boring,” as the chef himself says.
There’s rarely a dull moment with the nori wrapped tuna tataki with pickled cucumber though, which is dressed with smoked tuna tartar, translucent radish slices, crystalline sago chips, wasabi spheres and an orange and soy reduction.
The accompanying wines, often from small South African cellars, are sometimes as unusual as this restaurant’s name. DW-eleven-13 apparently refers to the Dunkeld West address, but it’s also a nostalgic play on London’s SW postcode, where Ferreira once worked at Gordon Ramsay’s Boxwood Cafe.
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