BONNE NOURRITURE

BONNE NOURRITURE

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NCW - Welcome Home!

The moment you walk through the front door, Justin greets you with a big smile and a glass of bubbly with a tour of the restaurant. NCW is broken up into three broad areas: the restaurant space seating 30 people, an inter-leading lounge area that includes two private dining rooms, and a private courtyard that’s perfect for alfresco dining on warm Joburg nights.

These different spaces make NCW versatile enough to be a high-end restaurant as well as a relaxed venue for private events, parties, corporate functions and pop-up groups.

NCW focuses on pushing culinary boundaries with interesting flavour combinations, textures and presentations making for a feast for all the senses. All the while staying true to the ingredients and honouring the energy of producing these ingredients in a sustainably sourced fashion. 

 

NCW - Welcome home!

 

About

Ence

Making dreams come true...

After a three-year hiatus from the food industry, chef Ence Willemse has returned to the game with his new venture NCW, a contemporary restaurant and private art/lounge space in a newly renovated house on the edge of Melville.

With an impressive CV that includes time at Roots restaurant at the Cradle of Humankind’s Forum Homini hotel and Overture in Stellenbosch, this is Ence’s first solo venture.

The backbone of the restaurant, chef Ence demands excellence in food, wine, art and hospitality. Ence is also the creative mastermind behind the dishes we serve, menu offerings, technical skills in food preparation and ultimately the artful presentation of each course.

 

Since Ence can remember he has had a great passion for food and ingredient, for him the greatest pleasure in life is seeing diners enjoying the culinary journey that he so carefully crafted. Sharing his passion and breathing life into his dreams!

 

Ence

Justin

Knowledge is power

Meet our sommelier in the making! When joining NCW for dinner Justin is most likely the first person you will meet, greeting you at the door with a big smile, a glass of bubbly and a tour of the restaurant. Justin is also the go to guy if you have any interest in wine and pairings with our menu. He has an immense passion for wine and has personally visited many of our local winemakers. He has dined with the winemakers, walked in the vineyards and first hand experienced the process in the cellar. 

 

For Justin his personal motto in life is "knowledge is power" and he always strives to learn more about food, hospitality and especially wine!

 

Justin

Ofentse

Joburg to Cape town and back again, full circle

When dining at NCW you might have seen chef Ofentse cooking up a storm or plating a delicious masterpiece 

Born and bred in Johannesburg, Ofentse developed a passion for food at a very young age while shadowing his great grandmother to lick the cake batter from the spoons.

Ofentse went on to work at top South African restaurants eventually leading him into owning his own establishment before joining the NCW team.

Ofentse always rises to any challenge chef Ence sets in the NCW kitchen, and it does not matter how fast the pace in the kitchen is the heat very seldom evaporates his creative juices.

Ofentse

Lebo

Coffee connoisseur

Lebo has been part of the NCW team since the first day we opened our doors. She has always been in the hospitality industry and during the course of her career has performed in almost every roll associated with the restaurant industry.

Lebo adds some finesse to NCW, always ensuring the napkins are expertly folded, candles are lit and cushions are plumped. The saying "little dynamite" definitely applies to her, she is quick witted and keeps staff on their toes, ensuring all the needs of the guests are met and every dish that leaves the kitchen is on true NCW standard.

Furthermore, Lebo discovered her great passion in life is perfecting and presenting the perfect cup of coffee, and she hopes to one day become a barista in her own little coffeeshop.

When visiting NCW make sure to order a cup of coffee from Lebo (and enjoy it in one of the lounges) to end of the experience!

Lebo