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“Not a bad first visit”

Cool Change Bar & Eatery
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$6 - US$25
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, 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 24 February 2021

We had mains and desserts only. The fish (gurnard) was nicely cooked . My lamb backstrap (and lamb croquettes) was beautifully cooked on a potato stack and tomatoes, beans and broccoli - the only downside was that the lamb itself was not hot enough. I would have scored the establishment higher had this not been the case as service was great. The desserts (panacotta and deconstructed lemon meringue) were also tasty.

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed 22 February 2021 via mobile

Stopped for dinner with no booking. Excellent from start to finished. Great service. Amazing food and a great drinks list. Can’t ask for more

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed 28 January 2021 via mobile

Popped in for a quick drink while deciding what/where to eat later. Stayed. Had wontons and bao buns from the bar menu and a few more drinks. Both were excellent as were the friendly staff. Interesting decor in the 'snug' as well.

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed 12 January 2021

Our waitress was great, and service was prompt and friendly
The risotto was fantastic
We went for a birthday meal and were made very welcome

Date of visit: January 2021
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Thank 737glenys
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Reviewed 4 January 2021 via mobile

Open and busy in New Years but all staff were friendly. Service was quick. This wasn't our 1st visit but it wasn't any different thats why we went back, and well again

Date of visit: January 2021
Thank Shewaza
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