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“Divine food!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of DW Eleven 13

DW Eleven 13
Dunkeld Shopping Centre, Cnr Jan Smuts Ave and Bompas Street | Dunkeld, Sandton, South Africa
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Ranked #3 of 111 restaurants in Sandton
Cuisines: International
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Johannesburg, South Africa
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27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
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“Divine food!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

It is no wonder that this restaurant has been in the Top 100 internationally, as judged in the San Pellegrino awards. We went for a special celebration and decided that this warranted going for the 7 course, paired with wine, degustation menu. If such a thing is possible, the food seemed to improve with each course!
The love that is put into each dish is discernible and wow what amazing flavors! From a technical perspective, what was produced would compare with the best. How the chef managed to produce crayfish that was both juicy, light and crispy, is a secret to behold. The oil infused liquid ball drops were just incredible. Apart from the food, the wine experience was also an absolute journey, from champagne, to viognier and Bukketraube, which I haven't seen for years, followed by lovely Pinot Noir, among others and the meal concluded by desert wine.

The service could have been a bit more attentive and for a fine dining restaurant, fish knives and forks really should have been provided with the crayfish and salmon course. However, the food was just so brilliant, that I could overlook these small details.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
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44 reviews 44 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
“Absolutely fantastic food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

This is a place for a special occasion as it is a little bit pricey. I suggest "going all out" if you are going to go to DW - have starters, mains and dessert as you won't regret it. The food is creative, interesting and mouth watering and the place is clearly run by a chef who knows what he's doing.

This is one of those places where they have delectable food, fabulous wine and perfect portion sizes. Top top quality, I can really recommend going there if you don't mind spending a bit more than usual.

Visited December 2012
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Excellent & interesting food, great service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012 via mobile

We had dinner with some friends, most of whom hadn't been here before and there was unanimous agreement of the fantastic meal we had shared. The menu is perhaps a bit limited, but the options we had selected were all well prepared and provided for some interesting combinations. It would be difficult to recommend this restaurant for vegetarians though. Highlights were the dessert (strawberry Eton mess) & the starter (langoustines with quail).

The wine selection is well thought out, catering for varied tastes and prices. We found the service to be excellent, attentive without being overbearing. It's tough to find truly interesting restaurants in Johannesburg, and Dw Eleven 13 provides a refreshing alternative.

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Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Deserving of best in Joburg title!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

The food is superb. I have been there on more than 1 occasion and am always delighted with the amazing combinations of dishes that are served. Friendly unobtrusive service and a great wine list makes this a firm favourite.

Visited December 2011
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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53 restaurant reviews
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Bit of a let down”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

I had been wanting to try DW eleven 13 for a long time, and a friend managed to get a booking for Sunday lunch. My friend had raved about it for a long time, so it was with great anticipation that I went along. We were greeted at the door by a young lady who looked as if she had just got out of bed, with her hair dishevelled, and not in keeping with the starched table cloths and overall ambiance of the place. She was obviously into the young guy assisting her, as she fondled his bum in full view of all the diners.
However, to the food. I chose the tasting menu, and while the food and presentation were excellent, I just felt that there was something lacking in the whole experience, and I left disappointed, not sure that I want to return.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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