Eleven marks Chef Ryan Shells’ third restaurant, following his two successful Asian restaurants, Ōku and Yama Asian Eatery, both also situated in the picturesque town of Franschhoek. Asia only represented a fraction of Chef Ryan’s extensive travels, and he has explored many more countries and experienced so many different cuisines. From all these travels, his food knowledge from around the world was something that needed to be showcased. With a wealth of culinary knowledge and a burning desire to explore diverse cuisines, he wanted to open another restaurant. It was during this time that the perfect space became available and Chef Ryan seized the opportunity, along with the hard work of head chef Pieter and manager DJ, this dream turned into a reality and Eleven was opened in August 2023.
Embark on a global flavour journey with our diverse menu that encapsulates the essence of the world’s cuisines. Unrestricted by a single culinary tradition, we transport you to different countries with every dish. To cater to varied tastes, we provide two distinct menus – a tasting menu and a 3 course à la carte selection. Embracing the concept of hyper-seasonality, we celebrate the 12 distinct seasons of the year, ensuring a truly immersive culinary experience.
Our culinary philosophy is deeply rooted in our unwavering commitment to sourcing ingredients sustainably. A substantial portion of our ingredients comes from the beautiful Franschhoek region. We also focus on what is available at the time. For example, if strawberries are available one month but not the next then we will adapt that dish to feature only what is fresh and available. We are very proud of our own herb and veggie garden that takes centre stage in numerous dishes.
Dining for a Difference
At Eleven, our mission extends far beyond food service; it actively contributes to the betterment of our community. We are firm believers that a restaurant can be a catalyst for positive change, and we are dedicated to turning this belief into action. Our commitment to workforce development is one of the ways we realise this vision. Eleven transcends the role of a mere dining establishment; it is a hub for personal and professional advancement. We take immense pride in providing training and employment prospects to members of our community, equipping them with essential skills and nurturing their growth on both a personal and professional level. When you choose to dine with us, you become an integral part of this transformative philosophy.