The food at the interestingly-named DW11-13 is fantastic . I met my fiends here for a mid-week dinner and came away fully impressed.
The ambiance is the only negative. It does not quite have that intimate feel, perhaps a function of the larger space and limited number of tables. It is clearly a favourite for foodie types because at most tables around us, patrons seemed to have gone with the tasting menu – a veritable gastronomic feast of exquisite creations all presented to look like food art.
On the food front there was nothing to complain about. DW11-13 offers a tasting and wine-pairing menu, which I would not mind trying one day. The only drawback with this is that Chef Martinus insists that if one person orders the tasting menu, then so must the rest of the table. I get it, from the point of timing the dishes of the tasting menu, but it felt as if we were being pressured into the tasting menu just because one person wanted to try it.
Their à la Carte menu, which we went with, is equally extensive and more than satisfying. The three of us sat there sighing appreciatively through our starters, mains and desserts- without so much as offering each other tastes of our food. That is how good everything was. Okay, the portions, which are not that big, may have played a part in our not sharing.
All in all a truly wonderful experience that started with a layered bread basket with flavoured butters.
Went on to starters varying from salmon roulades carefully presented in a light bisque sauce, calamari that was light and tender served on greens, and a duck salad. We delighted in the mains of a fish topped with a shrimp sauce, beef filet in a rich brown sauce, and pork that was perfectly crisped. We finished off with rich creations of chocolate and mousse and pastries filled with cream – I must make it a point to get more details on their menu next time.
They brought out macaroons with our coffee, by which time we were all so full that they remained untouched.
A great place for small and large groups equally.
DW11-13, Dunkeld Shopping Centre, Cnr. Jan Smuts & Bompas, Dunkeld West. +27 11 325 2843
Update: On recent anniversary date I had the pleasure of going through the tasting menu with wine pairing. It was fantastic. Images below.