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“Dinner”

Cool Change Bar & Eatery
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $26
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, 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.
Wellington, New Zealand
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7 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Dinner”
Reviewed July 13, 2014

We dined here for my surpise 40th; the food was fabulous - the service was outstanding especially considering that they only had one waitress. The downside was men using the women's loo.

Visited July 2014
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Wellington, New Zealand
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3 reviews
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“Fabulous weekend”
Reviewed July 12, 2014

We arrived late from Wellington and were made so welcome. They were busy and , as we discovered, short on kitchen staff. However the food was fantastic. Starting with the large entrees of Squid and Pork respectively. We shared as both were so delicious and large. Then we shared the lamb main; what a feast. It was like we were served the entire roast! Delicious and beautifully cooked and served.
Was there room for dessert; well hell yes, we had to. The chocolate dessert was superb.

The great food, the great service, the delicious food, the quirky décor, the wonderful music that often found ourselves singing along to...it all made our romantic weekend in Martinborough vey memorable. Thanks to Kim our waitress who was friendly, attentive and quite suited to the atmosphere.

Thank you.
Kim and Jack

  • Visited July 2014
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Wellington, New Zealand
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185 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Not quite so good this time.”
Reviewed July 12, 2014

Return visit. The staff are very friendly and it's had a great atmosphere. The food was good but the service was very very slow. Just over two hours for two courses.

  • Visited July 2014
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Unwelcome”
Reviewed July 5, 2014

Well, Martinborough, you sure make folks feel unwelcome. Cool Change, you obviously were not busy when we arrived. Initially we were told about the menu but then you decided it was probably too much effort and recommended that we should go to the Thai restaurant and even told us what to order there. We were then practically pushed out of the building. The Thai restaurant is the best place to eat in Martinborough - even the opposition agrees!

Visited June 2014
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KarinaHailwood, Owner at Cool Change Bar & Eatery, responded to this review, July 15, 2014
Thank you for your feedback regarding your experience at Cool Change. We are left a little confused by your write up.

We would never force anyone out of the door and make you feel unwelcome. Through the week in winter we have the small plates/tapas menu available, so we are pretty sure that the only reason we would be talking up the Thai restaurant or any other restaurant would be because you intended to have a main meal.

We would like everyone to have a fantastic experience when visiting Martinborough and if that means letting you know about another awesome restaurant in the area, then this is what we do, specially when we are fully booked in the weekend.

I do hope that you return to Cool Change one day, and yes Siam Kitchen Thai is a very good place to eat!
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Napier, New Zealand
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21 reviews
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“Fun, fab bar & restaurant with personality!”
Reviewed June 15, 2014

We dined at Cool Change after our dinner at Tirohana was cancelled due to sickness. We were a bit apprehensive at first, but it was this or the Hotel across the road and both the husband and I wanted a wee bit more than pizza and burgers. We were pleasantly surprised - we shared the pork quesadilla & risotto balls with numerous wines and local gin during a music quiz with the locals. All in all a super fun night out, we look forward to heading back for the full menu next time!

Visited June 2014
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