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“Great place to meet, greet and eat in Martinborough”

Cool Change Bar & Eatery
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $26
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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.
2 reviews
“Great place to meet, greet and eat in Martinborough”
Reviewed May 28, 2014 via mobile

Brilliant service, setting and food. Will definitely be back when we're next in town. Jimmy is a legend.

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Sydney, Australia
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“Martinborough is about wines and so is this venue”
Reviewed May 27, 2014

Autumn in a country town can be daunting if you want to eat well but Cool Change was an oasis. On arrival we were greeted by someone who cared about us as customers - this is surprisingly rare in restaurants these days. The menu is well thought out and the food is about dedication in the kitchen. The stand out was the wine list and the approach to serving. The list is small and has been designed around the wines of the area. Again this aspect is surprisingly rare. When we indicated that we were unsure of which Pinot Noir to have the waiter suggested that he bring out a flight of all five on the menu. Now this IS service. The great thing is that he had the knowledge to read that we were interested in wines (we are actually connected to the industry but he did not know that) - top notch service. Recommended? You bet!

  • Visited May 2014
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Wellington, New Zealand
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“World Class”
Reviewed May 21, 2014

I dined at Cool Change last night and had one of the best meals I have had in Wellington, in fact anywhere for that matter. It was so delicious and well presented and I liked the fact that what it said on the menu is exactly what you received.

I hope Martinborough realises how lucky they are to have that standard of dining in a small town!

  • Visited May 2014
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“Everything worked, nothing regretted”
Reviewed May 16, 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!

  • Visited May 2014
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Wellington, New Zealand
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“Great spot where it's really happening”
Reviewed April 30, 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.

Visited March 2014
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