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“Everything worked, nothing regretted”

Cool Change Bar & Eatery
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$6 - US$25
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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 16 May 2014

Had a fab dinner for 10 of us. The luscious Kim made sure we stuffed to the eyeballs with their yummy winter menu. Thoroughly enjoyed the range of entrees, ordered tapas style. Make sure you get bravas. Mains all good too. Had it all, tried it all... yum. I had fish of the night. Local wine maker was testing was testing his 2004 with friends, and shared with us. Great night. Thanks Kim and Jimmy!

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Reviewed 30 April 2014

Very lively and fun place with good quality fare and caring service (for the busyness of the place). nice atmosphere, from sipping a drink outside on a sunny afternoon, to dining in the well-presented restaurant.

1  Thank metkiwimark
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Reviewed 28 April 2014

We waited an hour for simple food, even with ordering bread to start it all came with our mains an hour later. So disappointing. Don't bother with food just have a drink at the bar.

Thank gaslam
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Reviewed 10 April 2014

This place was great. The owners are great people. We visited with our 5 year old son and they could not be more helpful. We'd asked for the owners selection of wine with dinner and he gave us a tasting of 6 sensational pinot noirs. They were all great. The lamb we had for dinner was some of the best lamb we had ever tasted. The decor of the restaurant was absolutely retro with a great soundtrack to match. Absolutely awesome.

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Thank Martychez
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Reviewed 3 April 2014

Having already tried a restaurant over the road, sitting at the Bar was not really appealing.
Walked into the Cool Change, and yes what a change. "yeah that's Ok just let me change the tables"..We straight away commented with our group .."this is good" Service very friendly, drinks came quickly, we were even given advanced notice of what kid size meals were on offer..After having a respectable ponder over the Menu Fish of the day (Terakhi) was chosen by four of us. The wait was well worth the time. The dish was exquisite in taste, the fish just melting in the mouth..I have no doubt when next we visit family in Martinborough...Almost forgot the atmosphere was relaxed, but never was the service compromised .

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Thank JohnandDeanna
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