Cuisine: Share Plates, South Indian, Tapas/Small Plates
Price Point: Mains from $25 - $35+

For an authentic taste of India in the middle of Christchurch, Permit Room has big and small plates that seriously deliver on flavour.

It’s bright and airy; the perfect place to recline after a long day. Its high windows let in every last ray of sunlight and when it floods the minimalist interior, it makes for a serene space. An interesting contrast to their food which doesn’t hold back.

The menu is inspired by the food from Kerela. Start small with their Pori Poppadoms that come with a red onion and tomato salsa, their moreish Keralan Fried Chicken or dive into the deep end with their Gunpowder Cauliflower and Potatoes. When it comes to flavour, it’s all or nothing.

The same can be said for the mains. The Dosa is filled with a delicious mix of jack fruit and pumpkin subji and the Spicy Chittinad Lamb Curry comes on a bed of creamy lentils. It’s one flavour explosion after the next!

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Permit Room
779 Colombo Street
Christchurch 8013

Open Hours:
Everyday 12pm - 2pm // 5pm - 10pm

Phone: 03 925 9280
Website: www.permitroom.co.nz/

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Permit Room
Cuisine: Share Plates, South Indian, Tapas/Small Plates
Mains: $25 - $35+

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given a warm welcome - a good choice of foods and loved the rose and cardamon lassi as a mocktail. A great pre -theatre place to go

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The Permit Room is my new favourite place in town! The servers were so kind and attentive. We ordered 5 small plates to share, and each one was packed full of flavour and beautifully presented. The jackfruit and pumpkin dosa is incredible! Paired with their special Permit Room Wit beer, the evening was just perfection!

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The food was excellent , way beyond my expectations , great location seating was very comfortable.
Nice friendly staff, great atmosphere
Food choices were different from most places and could highly recommend the Spicy Chettinad lamb curry and Kerala Parotta layered flaky bread was divine.
Wine list had lots of choices and well matched wines. Nice to see good Rieslings and a decent Gewurztraminer on the wine list and mixture of different vineyards.
Recommend the donut and ice cream for dessert was well balanced and tasty.

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Christine Smith

We had an amazing evening at the Permit Room. Fantastic food with just the right amount of spice and heat, really generous portions and nicely presented. We wished we had room for dessert, but maybe next time! The restaurant decor is cozy and modern with a prohibition theme, and has a lovely view of Victoria Square. Service was excellent and meals served by friendly wait staff with lovely smiles. A wonderful evening and we plan to return.

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Phillipa Webb

Excellent service beautiful food and really cool fit out - would definitely recommend and go again!

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My husband and I dined here tonight for the first time, to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We made a great choice here: friendly waiter, gorgeous decor, and scrummy food . We enjoyed a starter of Kerala fried chicken (South Indian KFC?) which came with a fiery dipping sauce. YUM!. For our main we shared 2 dishes including dosa, a huge crisp pancake made from fermented rice and lentils, a South Indian specialty. I can never resist a dosa, and this did not disappoint. We also had a lamb curry (medium heat). Delicious too, but next time I will go for a hot, as this was actually quite mild. I also ordered an amazing and unusual drink made from ginger, fresh coriander, lime, cumin syrup and tonic. It took me a little while to get used to the taste but I did enjoy its refreshing quality and can imagine developing a real taste for it. Sadly no room in our tummies for dessert. Next time!

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We had a great meal last night at the Permit Room! We opted for many of the small plates and a main, which we loved because we got to try such a good variety of items! Banana and Kale bhajees were amazing (unique) and so was the prawns, okra and butter chicken! We will be back!

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We LOVED our experience here. Classy setting and different to your usual Indian Cuisine. The food was beautiful, and the service was excellent- friendly, warm and welcoming- yet gave us space to relax and enjoy our meals. Our favs were the fried chicken, and the coconut butter chicken with the flakey bread... we will be back!

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Vivienne Ong

Perfectly located for pre-show dining to Isaac Theatre Royal and Town Hall, right next to convention centre. Staff were super friendly and knowledgeable about the dishes. The food was so delicious, this is not food hall Indian, it is next next level. Great wine list. Highly recommend

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The Permit Room has some unique dishes and is a refreshing change from the run of the mill Indian restaurant. The spice & flavour combinations are excellent.....who thought banana & kale bahjis could taste so good! The staff are really friendly and couldn't be more helpful when it came to my partner who can't eat onions. Would highly recommend this place and will definitely be back! Would give this place 6 stars if I could...Yum!

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Beautiful food strongly representative of southern Indian flavours. Staff were happy, attentive but mindful of you enjoying your experience. Highly recommend, a great pace to catch up and enjoy excellent food.

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Benjamin van Wijk

My experience at The Permit Room was like no other. Walking in to see an amazing new fit out in that old building put a huge smile on my face. The story line in the front of the menu really ties you in to the running theme of the place. Full of aromatic smells and smiling faces, I knew this is where i WANTED to be. The service was incredibly professional, they were not pushy nor did they let us sit for a minute too long. Each dish was absolutely beautiful, and to be honest very different to what Im used too in christchurch. I am very impressed and will be sure to be back with a bigger group.

Kind regards
Benjamin van Wijk

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Get your Permit stamped here! A great new spot to visit, to quench a thirst and dine. What a perfect location - on your way to a show at the new Town Hall or enjoying the fountain and garden at Victoria Square - this is probably the best of the bunch. Top service, informative without being too pushy. We followed recommendations of the Keralal chicken and Lamb chops for starters as well as the tasty poppadoms. We then shared a creamy butter chicken with grilled flaky bread. Washed down with a glass or two of Marlborough Sav, a great taste experience. The fresh and clever design of the room was full of busy diners - all were smiling - as we were, heading off into the Autumn evening. Hard to fault.

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Had an amazing meal at Permit!! Food was delicious...the baby eggplant was amazing and a definite must try!! The waiting staff were extremely helpful and knowledgeable about the food and how it was prepared. We will definitely be returning and have already recommended to friends!!

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Shane Buckner

Absolutely stunning evening! From the warm and engaging welcome, through to the exquisite and authentic Southern Indian menu, we couldn't fault the evening.
All staff were knowledgable and friendly with just the right amount of banter.
We had 4 small plates and a main, along with extra bread. The bread is the real winner - smoky and very tasty! The gunpowder cauli and potato dish was a favourite, along with the absolutely sensational coconut butter chicken main. You must try the karnataka rice - an exceptional sauce with banana!

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Fabulous food and excellent service. The 3 of us had 4 starters and 3 mains. Every dish was totally different with interesting flavour bases. I thoroughly recommend this restaurant. I think Christchurch is very fortunate to have somewhere like this.

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Jacob Patton

Never knew about this AMAZING place, the atmosphere, food, and service were top notch!!

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Julie McEwan

This was our second attempt to dine at the Permit Room, having to cancel due to events in Christchurch beyond our control, so we were really looking forward to dining here. We were not disappointed. From the moment we walked in and were greeted by a very smiley young man, we knew we were going to have a great night. The décor is something else. You can tell that there have been many hours and thought put in to this new restaurant. Situated in what will soon be a very busy area, the owners have really thought this one through. The food was stunning and presented very well, with once again, thought put into this, with lovely bowls and beautiful serving spoons etc. We were encouraged to try the beer that has been specifically brewed for the Permit Room with a hint of spice, which my husband said was very nice, I stuck to the Pinot. All in all our experience was fabulous and we couldn't fault it. Flavours, décor and service were all faultless. This restaurant will do well in Christchurch.

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Jean Anderson

This place is fabulous, the décor is just gorgeous, Worth going to just to admire the work that has been on this lovely old building. However the food was so good, we ate far too much, but the discomfort was well worth it! Staff are really friendly, and, rightly, very proud of the restaurant. Even the drinks were delicious - the Permit G & T was unlike anything I have ever had, and the ginger infused beer was a hit with my husband. Really keen to return - lunch next week definitely on the radar, cant wait to have another Dosa!

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The only word is wow! Service was impeccable from the second we stepped in to when we were walked to the door and thanked for coming. Two of us shared the Karnataka rice, Keralan fried chicken, baby eggplant and dosa and it was more than enough. The heat level wasn't too much, even for us kiwi wimps. The chai was the best I've had in years. A handful of mukhwas at the door and a wander around Victoria square and to Turanga library made for a great end to the date.

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Helen Jackson

The food was excellent - very unique for Christchurch to taste this traditional South Indian food. I also loved the recommended cocktail - vodka and curry leaf! I only wish I could have tried everything on the menu.

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Lovely setting overlooking the park. Great service and delicious food. I will be back!

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Excellent service and delightful food

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Terry Foley

Great food and very attentive helpful staff without being intrusive. Very good value for money. We will be back!!

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Had a wonderful evening last night, service and food was totally fabulous. We tried lots of different small dishes, all totally delish!

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Dale Leckie

We had a great experience at the Permit Room. All dishes had beautiful flavours and textures. The service was extremely attentive and friendly.

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Hannah Ashby

Great food and friendly service!

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Brian Glennie

Fantastic experience great service,fabulous food very enjoyable evening.We will be back. Thankyou.

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Cos Jeffery

2nd time & both occasions were absolutely top class.
Highly recommended. Cheers, Cosmo j

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Lucy Jackson

Very nice fit out and lovely attentive staff

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Olivia Hobby

Fantastic food and service. Some of the best Indian cuisine we have ever had! Highly recommend trying the apple crumble cider for something a little different. We will definitely be heading back!

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given a warm welcome - a good choice of foods and loved the rose and cardamon lassi as a mocktail. A great pre -theatre place to go

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Megan Gibbs

Great meal, thank you

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Tejas Sreedhar

Great new restaurant, it had a bit of that old world British Indian feel and the food was notably different from your typical Indian. Service was great and the lamb chops were worth going back for!

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The permit room is located in the heart of central Christchurch and offers an authentic experience of South Indian cuisine. The atmosphere was sophisticated yet relaxed. The waiting staff were welcoming and attentive and checked in with us throughout our meal. The food was just beautiful with so much variety to choose from. We would highly recommend choosing a range of small, large and sides to share amongst your group, so you can taste a bit of everything! We absolutely loved the Kakinada Prawns, Gunpowder Cauliflower & Potatoes, Keralan Fried Chicken, and Okra Fries. Where we sat (which were the row of 2-seated tables), the tables are quite close together so sometimes felt like others could hear our conversation and we could hear theirs - but there was other seating which was more spread out. Overall, highly recommended and we will definitely be back!

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Highly recommend Permit Room, a great way to service delicious Southern Indian food.

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Jude Connochie

What a comfortable, warm, friendly environment. We were welcomed by a great team and thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Thank you

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Beautiful food, friendly and attentive waiters. Will definitely go again!

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Really great food with nice interesting twists - loved the banana and kale Bhajis! Cool concept and cocktail menu looks amazing! Only thing would be good to space out diners a bit more. Definitely will be back!

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Nice atmosphere and decor. Friendly service and nice food. Parotta was delicious!

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Anna Brown

Great food with amazing flavors and generous portions. The staff were friendly, helpful and there was no rush. We had a great evening and will definitely go back soon.

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Food was very tasty, service was great

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Excellent service and food was very good. Thank you.

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The Permit Room is my new favourite place in town! The servers were so kind and attentive. We ordered 5 small plates to share, and each one was packed full of flavour and beautifully presented. The jackfruit and pumpkin dosa is incredible! Paired with their special Permit Room Wit beer, the evening was just perfection!

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The food was fantastic & the service equally so, great recommendations from the staff & good banter.

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Sana Bau

Wonderful modern southern Indian-inspired food, great service and ambience. The dosa dishes were the crowd favourites in our group. My tip for omnivores is to order selection of small and large plates that is weighted in favour of vegetarian dishes to share. Would rate 5 stars even without having been prompted by a staff member.

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Susannah Gardiner

Delicious array of food that pleased the whole table. The amount of gluten free options is fantastic. We let them know we only had an hour and the food arrived quickly. Will definitely return.

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great atmosphere and wonderful food (a bit too spicy for my 9 year old, but the adults loved it)

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Matthew Ellingham

Very tasty meals!

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It was our first dining experience at Permit Room, and we will definitely be back. It was two of us dining, We had the gunpowder cauliflower, the butter chicken and the prawn curry and shared it all. The food was amazing, especially the prawn curry. The service was really impressive. We were made to feel so welcome and taken care of. The service was really attentive and friendly without being overwhelming. The atmosphere was nice too, although it was a very cold night and the cold crept in a little every time the doors opened and the heating wasn't keeping up. Apart from that, perfect experience.

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The food was excellent , way beyond my expectations , great location seating was very comfortable.
Nice friendly staff, great atmosphere
Food choices were different from most places and could highly recommend the Spicy Chettinad lamb curry and Kerala Parotta layered flaky bread was divine.
Wine list had lots of choices and well matched wines. Nice to see good Rieslings and a decent Gewurztraminer on the wine list and mixture of different vineyards.
Recommend the donut and ice cream for dessert was well balanced and tasty.

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Excellent food and service. Will definitely be going back for more delicious food soon.

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g bennett

Outstanding food with excellent service.This restaurant is a must to visit

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Christine Smith

We had an amazing evening at the Permit Room. Fantastic food with just the right amount of spice and heat, really generous portions and nicely presented. We wished we had room for dessert, but maybe next time! The restaurant decor is cozy and modern with a prohibition theme, and has a lovely view of Victoria Square. Service was excellent and meals served by friendly wait staff with lovely smiles. A wonderful evening and we plan to return.

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great food and service

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Fantastic food. Great service. Will return. Highly recommend

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Hazel Lam

My 2nd time to visit this decent restaurant! Highly recommended :)

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Service was exceptional, staff very friendly and help are the and selection. This is a must visit restaurant in Christchurch.

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Charlotte Skelton

Great food - especially the jackfruit dosa and the baby eggplant small dishes! Staff were helpful and very friendly

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Hamish Saywood

Amazing decor, amazing service, and the food was awesome! Was my second time dining. Will be dining alot more in future!! Favourite place to eat

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Phillipa Webb

Excellent service beautiful food and really cool fit out - would definitely recommend and go again!

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Lyle Johnson

For the two of us we had x3 small and x1 large plates which was heaps. We weren't able to finish everything. All the dishes were nice, the gunpowder cauliflower was our favourite. Some decent 3 boys beer on tap. Overall great food and great service.

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Barrett Hocking

Great times!!!!!

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top notch food and service.

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Gaylene Wright

Loved our experience here. Superb food and outstanding service. Very good detail from the gorgeous table setting, story telling menu and lovely decor.

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We had a wonderful dinner at The Permit Room.
Great ambience, superb very friendly and professional service by our charming waiters.
We chose all vegetarian entrees(x8) to share between 4 of us. It was very filling and very flavoursome and delicious

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Diane Ladd

1st time, lovely atmosphere & restaurant was beautiful. Enjoyed the chicken small plate & friend loved the butter chicken. Will go again

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We had a great night at The Permit Room. Friendly staff and flavours were fantastic. We were SUPER full with two entrees and two mains between the two of us. We would definitely recommend.

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Bronwyn M Parker

A limited menu, but the food was delicious, so tasty, with 4 of us we were able to try a few different dishes. So good, definitely go back there!

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Great place to eat! Decor was really nice with excellent service and an interesting take on Indian food.

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Great food and staff were super friendly and attentive. Love the decor!

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