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“Great Dinner!”

Cool Change Bar & Eatery
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$7 - US$26
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Description: Why Cool Change? Cool change came to fruition for a number of reasons. Having frequented this stunning region for some years to escape the hustle & bustle of the city life at every opportunity, we saw a window to taste the Wairarapa life as residents & business owners. Hence why we thought it would be a Cool Change. We stumbled across the chance to convert one of the most ornate, beautiful buildings in the Wairarapa into a warm, comfortable, unique hospitality concept. The name derives from one of our greatest passions - music. Throw in the fact that we are vulnerable to the odd occasional southerly blast & fondness of "The Little River Band" Cool Change was born. Our facility consists of 1 private function room, seats 12 people. Our dining room features booth seating, open fire, period & deco lighting and retro wallpaper. The bar greets you on entry with a warm ambiance; sky TV when required & a wine list to tempt those taste buds. Cool Change cuisine will not disappoint as our Head Chef Rachel Priestley has weaved her magic around the globe - Italy, Switzerland, Austria, United States, France, Finland, Sweden, Taipei, Hong Kong, China - Shanghai. Her cuisine is Italian inspired food, using the freshest ingredients including using her own italian salumi. Food and wine was her life and Rachel worked for 10 years in Italy. She produces all sorts of Italian salumi products from happy pigs in New Zealand, she has opened six Italian restaurants in Italy, taught Tuscan chefs how to cook Tuscan cuisine better, taught male chefs from Puglia in the South of Italy their own cuisine. Rachel ran a truffle shop in Florence, opened a wine bar in Bormio for Amaro Braulio, a restaurant by the sea in Gaeta in a 14th century pharmacy, a restaurant in Naples for the Camorra - the Naples Mafia. And now she is back in New Zealand to supply you with fine Italian food and wine, cooking here at Cool Change Bar & Eatery.
Reviewed 29 September 2013 via mobile

We went to Cool Change for a Friday dinner. The waitress was very friendly and offered us a wine tasting instead of recommending a Pinot Noir which was an excellent touch! We have ordered lamb and a pumpkin soup. Both dishes were delicious and reasonably priced. The restaurant has a warm decor, dimmed lighted and a fire place. Highly recommended!

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Thank JoannaInAsia
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Reviewed 29 September 2013

What most impressed me about this restaurant, apart from the superb food, was that when asking about the wine menu we were brought three Pinot Noir's to try out before deciding. I thought this level of service was brilliant and would highly recommend eating here, particularly if you're staying across the road at The Martinborough Hotel and would like a change of scenery for the evening.

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Reviewed 23 September 2013

My husband had dinner last Friday evening. All staff were very helpful. We were offered a wine tasting when we could not decide what wine to choose.
Only had main course. Food was freshly cooked, well presented and very tasty. We could not ask for more. Will come back again next time we are in Martinborough.

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Thank celery2013
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Reviewed 23 September 2013

Wow maybe the Chef was off this night -sat 21st Sept. the food was beyond average! Someone thought it was a great idea to put far too much powdered (not even fresh) chilli on the broccoli! The waitress was sweet but when quizzed on different aspects of the menu couldn't answer and none of the questions were tricky ie what is the petite pots on dessert menu!

We had 4 adult meals & 4 kids meals. All 4 adult meals were sub standard and not cheap.

With kids meals, although veges were on another item on kids menu we could not swap the salad for the veges when we ordered the chicken nibbles for our kids.

Only upside for our evening was the atmosphere. It was full and had a good vibe but sorry that really is the only good thing we could say about our meal.

So disappointed after other good reviews and for what we paid.

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Thank ButterflyDanger
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Reviewed 2 August 2013

Our family had dinner on 2 July at Cool Change. Excellent to sum it in one word. The food was something like a "fine dining" experience and prepared with love and passion. The meal was served hot and well prepared. Jimmy was friendly and the atmosphere warm. The wine menu excellent and had some of the best Pinot in his bar. Will definately travel back to New Zealand just to have a dinner again at Cool Change.

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Thank JCvDyk
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