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Coalition

Coalition
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  • Phone Number 0109004987
  • Location Corner of Bolton and Jan Smuts Roads, Rosebank, Johannesburg
  • Opening Hours

    Monday to Saturday 12noon to 10pm; Sunday 12noon to 8pm

Cost
R80 - R120 avg main meal
Ambience
Comfy & casual
Food
Pizzas
Payment
Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Zodwa Kumalo-Valentine

Food
Small menus mean that you know that the chef has focused on perfecting every single dish. You also don’t waste time deliberating on what to eat.
There are all of eight pizza toppings to choose from – and two are pizza Bianca, which means no tomato base. Striking the perfect balance between a thick and thin crust, the Cedare and the Leviso are simply delicious. The Cedare comes with spicy salami, kalamata olives, roasted garlic and blue cheese; while the Leviso is topped with white anchovies, capers and fresh basil.

The beauty of these pizzas is the restraint of toppings. Splitting two pizzas and a salad is a good idea for a couple. There are three options on the menu – the House salad with burrata, prosciutto, artichokes, and rocket; the well-known Caprese; and the Celery salad, which is made with celery, lemon, parmesan, parsley, red onion and anchovies. And, just in case you’re not in the mood for pizza, there are also meat and fish options (slow-cooked beef short rib or Cape salmon).

Dessert is a choice between tiramisu, panna cotta or affogato (vanilla ice cream with a shot of espresso) rounds off the meal quite satisfactorily.

Drinks
The minimalist approach extends to their wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages. But don’t fear – you’ll definitely find a good sauvignon blanc, chenin, red or Prosecco available by the bottle or glass.

Service
Efficient and relaxed service, with communication from the waiter only happening when necessary, makes this a go-to neighbourhood lunch or dinner choice if you’re in the Parks area.

Ambience
With a few window seats available, it’s perfect for the lone customer working through lunch or enjoying a quiet drink while watching passersby. The restaurant does not need more than the simplicity offered – there are just a few square tables and utilitarian-style but rather comfortable chairs.

And…
Try the Aperol Spritz, Americano or Inverroche and tonic as one of the three perfect aperitifs to whet your appetite. There’s also secure parking behind the restaurant and, if you’re up for a little nightcap and dance, head to Sin + Tax after your meal.

(September 2017)

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  • Kate Liquorish

    The corner of Jan Smuts and Bolton in Rosebank has seen a very welcome turnaround, with two new restaurants already in motion and a third in the pipeline. The first to open was The Collection, owned and run by the same people who brought us Social on Main. It’s a vibey restaurant with an adjoining bar that heaves on a nightly basis. On the Bolton side of the block, the guys that brought us the formidable Eatery JHB and Parliament in Parkmore have opened The Coalition.

    Food
    It’s a laid-back pizza joint, where they’re dedicated to giving you an authentic, Neapolitan pizza experience. This means a two-day rising process to make the dough, from 00 flour, and using simple, crushed tomatoes for the base. They also make their own fior de latte mozzarella from curds that are specially flown in from Puglia in the Cape, and cook the pizzas at temperatures of around 400°C to give you that perfectly puffed and marvellously charred speckle on the crust.

    The pizzas are all named after the owners and their friends, so there’s nothing authentic in this arena, although there’s no avocado or bacon in sight, which will please the purists. Standouts include the Holtini, with coppa ham, thyme, mushrooms and Italian parsley; the Nupura, with sundried tomatoes, grilled artichokes, kalamata olives and basil; and the Asha, a pizza bianco with smoked trout, capers, mascarpone and fresh dill. The pizzas are terrific; the quality of the ingredients is high, and you won’t find many people leaving even a slice to take home.

    The restaurant is intimate, with the pizza oven taking up most of the open-plan kitchen, so the menu is limited. The salads mostly keep with the Italian motif: a Caprese with heirloom tomatoes and home-made mozzarella; a house salad of burrata cheese, prosciutto, artichokes and rocket; and a wonderfully named Not Really salad of bonemarrow, Italian parsley and focaccia. There’s also one meat and one fish dish, both of which are cooked in the pizza oven. The former is a slow-cooked beef short rib that falls off the bone, served with a crisp focaccia and a gremolata that stings with zesty flavour – an absolute must.

    For dessert it’s a toss-up between a rich and indulgent tiramisu made with quality marsala wine and mascarpone, a panna cotta that’s subtle and delicious, and a simple affogato to which I would recommend adding a shot of grappa.

    Drinks
    The drinks selection is neat and tidy. For an aperitif you can choose between an Aperol spritz or an Inverroche and tonic; in the beer department there’s CBC lager on tap or Peroni by the bottle; and, in the wine division, you can choose from a small selection of different and interesting whites and reds including Mullineux, AA Badenhorst and Spice Route. By the glass you’ll find good, local pinot grigio and sangiovese.

    Service
    They’re not working as a well-oiled machine just yet, but the service is friendly and welcoming.

    Ambience
    It’s cool and unpretentious, with minimalist décor, high ceilings and trendy lighting. There are only seven tables that are spaced close together, so there’s not much privacy to be had, but this creates a buzzing atmosphere that’s lively and infectious.

    And…
    The music is fantastic.

    (November 2016)

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User reviews

  • When Coalition first opened I was pretty excited to give them a try because I had heard and I could see that a lot of effort has gone in to the restaurant to make it authentic and to really try make great pizza. But I've been pretty disappointed every time I've gone there. Firstly their pizzas don't hold up as take aways (which is admittedly not a good way to judge a pizza but just a note) they become really soggy really quickly. But just as a pizza every time I've eaten one there, the bottom has been burnt (a little burn is no problem ) to the extent that the whole pizza is ruined by an overwhelming bitter taste. The dough is also sometimes slightly overproofed and therefore it doesn't hold its structure really well. I think these are really fair criticisms that I hope get addressed and I am generally convinced that "making great pizza Is at the heart of this place just let down by these two things
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  • Had never eaten a Neapolitan style pizza before and was worried about the thicker base but have to admit that the pizza at Coalition is incredible. It's a bit of a different experience to a normal pizza base but once I wrapped my head around that I truly fell in love. Most of the people I was dining with went for pizzas with toppings and, while good, I do believe that my plain and simple no-fancy-toppings pizza was the winner of the day. 10/10 would definitely recommend.
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  • As an Italian from Naples who grew up with a wood-fired pizza oven at home, I was extremely skeptical when I heard of this restaurant. That said, as soon as I smelled the wood burning from the authentic pizza oven and the freshly made tomato sauce my skepticism quickly started to melt away. The pizzas at Coalition blew my expectations out of the water! The dough is exquisite, the ingredients fresh and the cooking done to perfection. To top it all off, the coffee is excellent too! I highly recommend this restaurant to all true pizza lovers.
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  • Absolutely delicious! I am so excited that this pizza joint has moved into our neighborhood. My husband lived in Italy for a little bit so has always been a bit snobby about his pizza - when he bit into the burrata salad with prosciutto he said "I am happy" and when he tasted the pizza he said "this is how pizza is supposed to taste." Coming from him, those are huge compliments! Yum!
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  • Very disappointing! Make sure you take down the name of the person taking your booking and ensure they write the details down! I made a booking for 8 people (my boss!!) to have dinner their last night and on arrival they had no booking for them and abruptly turned them away. While standing there waiting for someone to help they could tell that the booking system was a shambles. Not good service guys! You can't treat your patrons like that.
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Menu

Set menu - Available on website

Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Smoking
  • Takeaways
  • WiFi

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