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.facebook.com/Permit-Room-415649752575410/

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

Reviews

Matt Vannoort

What a great new spot! Food was absolutely delicious - loved the banana and kale bhajis. Dessert yummy too. Service very honest and helpful when choosing share plates. Would definitely return!

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Rhian Caines

Delicious food that was unique and different. Great friendly service too.

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We were excited to see this building had opened up, and were not disappointed on our first visit. The space inside is cosy, although quite loud especially with a full mezzanine upstairs.
Our waiter for the evening had a great sense of humour and was very attentive. We tried a range of different items from the menu, with the favourite definitely being the Gunpowder Cauliflower and Potatoes! Two of our diners had the 3 Boys special Permit Room beer which was a highlight also.
We will definitely be back for a drink outside along the bar overlooking Victoria Park on a sunny day!

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Outstanding customer service! Beautiful restaurant, delicious food

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First impression of the restaurant was great, nice fitout within a Heritage building. Service was really good and and attentive. Food was tasty, well priced with a balanced menu. Would happily return.

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Debbie Wyatt

Stunning new restaurant, the 4 of us loved the food and the staff were all great also loved the ambience, looks great inside and out. Recommend

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Rachael Hutchinson

Highly recommend, delicious and interesting food and drinks in a beautiful setting

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Nikhil Makan

Great food. Great service. Great atmosphere.

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Donna Fuller

Great food. Very nice staff. Will be back.

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Trevor Mollard

A very nice high end Indian restaurant with a menu that is a cut above the average with prices to match.

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Very impressed with this restaurant. Food was special and the staff were friendly. Will definitely return.

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Jacob Patton

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

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Despite a relatively small menu we had a lovely meal here. The food was just the right heat for us and the staff willing to explain anything we didn't recognize on the menu. The drinks menu also had interesting cocktails (and mocktails) on it. The place was pretty busy for a early evening mid-week and they turned tables quickly. All in all a great evening.

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This is a unique experience in Christchurch with authentic food delivered in an authentic way. A small menu with lots of interesting choices. The building and views add to the ambiance. Highly recommended.

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Great service. Delicious food.

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Amanda Joy

Beautiful food with impeccable service.
Another great new addition to Christchurch’s dining experiences.

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We had a lovely night - the food was excellent, loved the flavours and the staff were very helpful and attentive.

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Amazing, authentic South Indian eats! Food was fantastic and the service was perfect. My family and I will be coming back again!

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Fitz N Fi Scott-Fitzgerald

Delicious food & great service

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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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Arvind Masilamani

Excellent venue - with great food. Would recommend.

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Permit Room is a welcome addition to restaurants in Christchurch. The central location is great, the ambiance and service is wonderful and the food delights the tastebuds. We recommend that you book a table at Permit Room today

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Glenda Murphy

great food and atmosphere. Loved the gunpowder cauliflower and potato.

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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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