Last Thursday night started off what is definitely going to be a regular attendance for me: Joburg’s First Thursdays. Loved the atmosphere around Keyes Art Mile, where police had cordoned off the road and it had been turned into a pedestrian-cum-food stall-cum-bar area. There were food trucks and a bar serving up drinks to the artsy folk who had ventured out. It was gearing up to be a great evening…until the rains fell. Still determined to salvage the evening, we quickly took in Blessing Ngobeni’s exhibition at Circa, made another stop at The Goodman Gallery for Clive van den Berg’s exhibition, then made for The Coalition for a pizza meal.
You would have to have been living under a rock to not have read the numerous raving reviews about The Coalition’s pizza. Everywhere I turn have been stellar write-ups. The restaurant is not a big place at all – so be sure to make reservations. The service is efficient and friendly and the pizza is uncomplicated and amazing. I am not going to go into the details about the type of flour used or the tomatoes sourced from this place or that, or how their cheese…all that has already been written about. Thinnish crusts, medium sizes – which was a refreshing change from the usual intimidating extra large sizes you can often get – fresh ingredients that don’t give that supermarket pizza taste with just enough tomato sauce to still taste the base, and just the right amount of cheese.
Their salads were actually the highlight of my meal. We ordered a Caprese salad and the house salad, made which had burrata, tomatoes, and prosciutto. The pizzas were perfect. On offer on the menu was also a fish – hake and a meat dish of beef rib – both were served with salad greens and focaccia. My beef rib was too fatty, which left me with not much food, and the fish was dry. Definitely stick with the pizza when you do go, it is, after all, a pizza joint.
The coalition is not yet licensed, but you can have drinks at their Bar – Sin & Taxes, which has a separate entrance. A lovely new addition to Park Corner, where cool seems to thrive these days. I look forward to returning.
The Coalition, Corner Bolton Road and Jan Smuts Avenue, Rosebank.