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“Best feed in the waiarapa”

Cool Change Bar & Eatery
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $27
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, 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.
1 review
“Best feed in the waiarapa”
Reviewed October 5, 2012

Jakepret you have no idea what you are on about. To turn up 45 minutes late is very rude on your part.

We turned up a bit earlier than our booking for two and were seated right away. The lovely waitress got us drinks within minutes and had taken our order. Our meal did take around 40 minutes to come out but was well worth the wait and reasonable as there were a few other tables there.

The chicken and lamb were delicious and the service was outstanding and made my girlfriends birthday very special.

Can not wait to come back!!!

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English first
Christchurch, New Zealand
1 review
“Must visit”
Reviewed September 5, 2012

Anyone visiting Martinborough is missing a treat if they don't visit Cool Change. The bar is socially active and Jimmy, Bar Manager, is the perfect host and beverage dispenser.
The restaurant is a perfect blend of funky, unique art, great food and really special service. Karina, Jimmy's partner and Owner is a delight and keeps the restaurant buzzing.
Upon completion of our meal, Jimmy and Karina joined us to socialize (how many patrons take the time out to personnally welcome their first-time clients?)
This type of personalized service is a dying attribute and is most welcome when visiting new surroundings. It's like new friends welcoming you to their home for a bit of grub and good conversation. I highly recommend this to be on your "must-do" list.

  • Visited August 2012
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Wellington, New Zealand
1 review
“Great night out”
Reviewed July 28, 2012

My husband and I visited Cool Change on our annual winter wkd away to the Wairapapa.. We had a fantastic night out and couldn't fault the place. The decor is funky, the staff welcoming, the atmosphere relaxed and the food superb! On a cold winters night the place was warm and cosy with a lovely open fire. The pate on the trio of pork was exceptional and my husband and I throughly enjoyed the hoggett. The staff were attentive and worked extremely hard on such a busy night. We enjoyed chatting to the owners and would thoroughly reccommend. We'll be back for more. It's a popular place so it may pay to book

  • Visited July 2012
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Sydney, Australia
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“What a great place to eat and relax”
Reviewed July 28, 2012

From the minute we walked in the door we were made to feel welcome. Jimmy gave us our own wine tasting before we ordered in the bar. We were then brought through to our table and the food was fantastic.
The starters were generous and the mains.... Wow. The lamb shank fell off the bone and my girlfriend had the pork special which was amazing. The service was great and they gave a shot to my partner for her birthday which was not expected.
One of the nicest places I have been to and enjoyed the whole experience. We will be back!!!

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Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
1 review
“A REFRESHING CHANGE”
Reviewed July 24, 2012

My Partner and I visited Cool Change recently and we both had a fabulous experience that night - the staff were so welcoming and we had fun! The food was superb and I thought very reasonably priced - what an asset for Martinborough - appropriate name -
The Chicken was delicious - thanks Cool Change!

  • Visited June 2012
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