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Coalition ( Park Corner)

Coalition ( Park Corner)
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Cost
R80 - R120 avg main meal
Ambience
Bar scene, Groups, Quick meals
Food
Pizzas
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R50

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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User reviews

  • Had a lovely evening at the new coalition in Pineslopes. We were about 18 people and not once did it feel like we were an inconvenience. The service was fantastic, happy waiting staff, and all pizzas up to the same high standard. We are often surprised at the simplicity of the menu, but it’s always executed brilliantly and people rave about how delicious the pizzas are. The manager, Odette, deserves special mention for running this tight ship!
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  • Best pizza in Jhb!
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  • Coalition is our go-to restaurant for pizza & wine night. Incredible pizza, excellent service & friendly staff. Last night I had the Juliani bianco - delicious!
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  • The best pizza in Jhb.
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  • I made a reservation at Coalition (8:30pm) for supper this evening after the Rugby at Ellis park. We stood waiting for our Uber at the Stadium for nearly 2 hours. I called Coalition at 7:30pm to apolgise and tell them that unfortunately we were not going to make it as we were literally stuck at the Stadium. We finally got an Uber at 9pm. While stuck in traffic on the way home, a very rude lady named Odette from Coalition called to tell me never to make a reservation at Coalition again. What a wonderful experience!!!!!! Was really looking forward to visiting Coalition. What poor hospitality and shocking attitude!! Will definitely not be going to Coalition in the future with hospitality like that! WOW
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  • 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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Menu

Set menu - Menu currently unavailable.

Facilities

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

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