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“Warm and friendly”

Cool Change Bar & Eatery
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$6 - US$26
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, 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.
Reviewed 9 July 2021 via mobile

Nice retro decor not a bad menu a fish a vegetarian a steak and chicken main. The entree sizes were substantial. Music was fun and it was warm on a cold night.
Service was good. Food tasty.

Date of visit: June 2021
1  Thank CNWgtnNZ
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Reviewed 18 May 2021 via mobile

We just had a delicious dinner here! We shared the tomato and capsicum soup and then my husband had a steak and I had vegetarian nachos. All were delicious and the waitress was so good! She was the only one there and ran the bar and waitressed tables! Amazing! Retro decor is cool too!

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 3 May 2021

We had a wonderful dinner at Cool Change, The entrees were lovely but the Lamb Main was something really special. Everything was cooked beautifully and the vegetable meat ratio was spot on. The staff were friendly and professional and the vibe was "Cool", with 70's music, perfect.

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 4 April 2021 via mobile

Lovely dinner, very friendly staff. Think we were the youngest people there (apart from the wait staff) our server was really funny and lovely. Great experience. Food was like a home cooked meal, the desert a highlight.

Date of visit: April 2021
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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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3  Thank John S
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