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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Fantastic evening - delicious food and smiling, accommodating staff. Highly recommend

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Ashley Tinnelly

From the moment we were greeted at the door until we left, the service was friendly and the staff were all attentive. On top of the service, the food was absolutely delicious! We will be back again, and I will be highly recommending The Permit Rooms food to friends and family. Best Indian food I have had in Christchurch.

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Litia Maclean

We had such a delicious dinner and will absolutely be back again. Every starter was utterly moreish!
The service was thorough and friendly.

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Scott Mansfield

Food tastes delicious and presented well. Shame the fish is excluded as it is my favourite dish but settled for the Lamb, which was also good. My partner had the Butter chicken, which was great and comes with rotti rather than rice. I would recommend the Permit Room special beer for something different, really refreshing and great taste. Service was quick and staff are friendly. The place is small but nice environment and a good vibe, clean and well presented. Would recommend.

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We tried the Permit Room for the first time last weekend. Our experience was a great example of delightful honest Indian food. For our entree we enjoyed some Baby Eggplant with Jackfruit & Pumpkin Dosa. Both of there were freshly cooked very tasty. Then for the Main we enjoyed some South Indian coconut butter chicken, served with Kerala parotta. Everything was extremely well presented. The wait staff were attentive detail and very friendly, The location of the restaurant was also really nice, looking over Victoria square. Myself and my wife really enjoyed all the aspects of our meal at Permit Room.

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Mary O'Leary

Having dined in The Permit Room before, we were already fans, so we used our First Table opportunity to try all the things we might not be adventurous enough to try - what a result, totally outstanding on every level, from service and drinks through to the amazing food. We can't wait to come back and get the fabulous corner window table for our next feast at this beautiful and delicious gem of a restaurant!

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Natasha Oliver

Having only booked an hour before arriving we were very impressed with the whole experience. From arrival to departure the food was outstanding, the decor was stunning and we would definitely dine here again. Thank you.

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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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Gavin Bishop

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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Kelvin Aird

Enjoyed the food and excellent service.

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Mark Drury

Amazing food, first time we've been here, we'll definitely be back! The kids also greatly enjoyed it, and the staff were wonderful.

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Fantastic service and beautiful food. Would definitely go back!

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Costa Kerdemelidis

Excellent very tasty authentic cuisine.

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Thoroughly enjoyed our meal, it’s like a posh Indian with different and tasty meals which were all very generous in size. Lots to choose from if you are a non meat eater too. Never made to feel we were a discount customer as we were very well looked after throughout the meal.
Definitely will be back to try other dishes!

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Monique Jenks

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner here! Service was lovely and the food was all delicious, and there were great options available for different dietary requirements, even dairy free butter chicken. Thank you for the wonderful evening!

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Jill Drake

We were very well looked after from the minute we arrived. The staff were very pleasant and the food was excellent. We will definitely be back!

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Kelly Dorgan

Amazing food and amazing service. A wonderful night that catered for a group with dairy-free, gluten free, vegetarian needs. We shared a fantastic feast of starters and had a fabulous evening. Highly recommend. Thank you so much.

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Dianne Harker

A lovely dining experience. Great food, greatservice, wonderful atmosphere.

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Dined at Permit Room on 03 October - great service, and the butter chicken curry was excellent!

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Warm environment and excellent service. We've eaten here before, and will definitely return.
The large selection of GF plates is a bonus

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Fantastic evening - delicious food and smiling, accommodating staff. Highly recommend

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Mark White

Great atmosphere, great food and great service.

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Julie McEwan

Once again, our experience at the Permit Room was exceptional. The food and service could not be faulted. Great to see the restaurant buzzing with atmosphere and full of guests. Congratulations to Anup and Sudnah, well done for your forward thinking.

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Jane Houghton

Staff are lovely. The space is small which is turn meant given a tiny table for four of us. We ordered three starters to share but only one came at a time - good job as wouldn't have been able to fit all three on the table. Found the meals were very expensive, especially considering the size of the meals (small compared to other places). (Normal price - just three starters and 2 mains with extra flaky break and coconut rice would have come to $120 if weren't with First Table). The lamb chops weren't included in the deal on the First Table - don't advise to order them as well cooked small chops which were very expensive for what they were. The butter chicken was very nice and tasty and would recommend. I believe Mumbaiwala is connected to this restaurant - would definitely recommend Mumbaiwala over The Permit Room. I am an avid fan of Mumbaiwala and return all the time. Nice to try but would not return.

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Ashley Tinnelly

From the moment we were greeted at the door until we left, the service was friendly and the staff were all attentive. On top of the service, the food was absolutely delicious! We will be back again, and I will be highly recommending The Permit Rooms food to friends and family. Best Indian food I have had in Christchurch.

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We were warmly welcomed and taken to our table. Service was very good a very nice restaurant with a good atmosphere. Food was tasty and we enjoyed our meal.

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Food much more interesting than your average Indian restaurant. Subtle flavours and wide variety. Prices very reasonable. Wait staff were friendly and welcoming. Therefore it was a minor point that they were a little confused at times and it was difficult to get their attention between food serves. Overall highly recommended.

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Really enjoyed our meal

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Litia Maclean

We had such a delicious dinner and will absolutely be back again. Every starter was utterly moreish!
The service was thorough and friendly.

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Jackie Mccone

Lovely food, particularly the small plate options. Overall a really nice place to dine.

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Extremely friendly smiling welcoming staff

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Delicious meal, and helpful, friendly staff. Would recommend

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Scott Mansfield

Food tastes delicious and presented well. Shame the fish is excluded as it is my favourite dish but settled for the Lamb, which was also good. My partner had the Butter chicken, which was great and comes with rotti rather than rice. I would recommend the Permit Room special beer for something different, really refreshing and great taste. Service was quick and staff are friendly. The place is small but nice environment and a good vibe, clean and well presented. Would recommend.

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Grace Prendergast

Loved the food and service! Great place.

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Great space, nice view across park. Service was excellent and food yummy, prawns were my favorite.

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Nice ambience, some really excellent flavours and interesting ingredients. The kadla curry was a little muted flavour wise, but everything else was just fantastic, especially the gunpowder cauliflower and potatoes. Oh, and the best gulab jamun I have ever had by a lot!

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Ian Swain

A wonderful & delicious twist on the regular Indian dining experience. Every dish we shared was top quality with an abundance of flavour & very well presented. All staff were welcoming and were constantly smiling, engaging & attentive. We had a wonderful meal with our friends & we all said that we will return for sure. Thank-you.

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Lisa Gibb

We had a great time at Permit Room, the staff were super friendly and the food was delicious! The small plates came out really quickly and the main came out soon after we finished the starters, would definitely recommend!

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Great food and amazing crockery! the doughnut dessert is to die for :)

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chrissie merritt

First time to this restaurant. Very impressed with the decor of the Permit Room. Food was great and the service was as well. Will be coming back very soon

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Kelly Dorgan

We had a beautiful meal and evening. Fantastic service and food to die for. We had a meal of 7 different starters and they were all great. Heaps of vegan options (all our starters and one of our desserts were vegan). Very happy customers. We will be back.

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Joann Siow

Great service but foods was average.

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Giselle Bockman

Great food and atmosphere. The building was beautiful and the seats we had looked over the park. Loved the butter chicken and the dosa was delish!!!

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Amazing time, they were all so friendly and gave us a free dessert because it was my birthday!

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Rozelle Flavell

The Permit Room is a gorgeously designed, luxurious Indian restaurant with a tasteful menu and impeccable service. The partially open kitchen brings a great vibe to the restaurant - seeing the food joyously created in front of your eyes. The size is cozy enough to make sure everyone is served and looked after well. And our waiter was an absolute delight. They go above and beyond to make sure you enjoy your time at the Permit Room. I don't think I can go anywhere else to enjoy a good Indian meal now.

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Great food and lovely staff. Will definitely be back!

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Sally Neame

Great atmosphere and staff. Interesting food. Enjoyable evening out.

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Liam Hsieh

Brand new experience.....
Good to have a try!!!

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Them Seeboon

Not bad, pleasant place and the food was ok. Got asked by 5 different staff how the meal was. Very quick service

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We tried the Permit Room for the first time last weekend. Our experience was a great example of delightful honest Indian food. For our entree we enjoyed some Baby Eggplant with Jackfruit & Pumpkin Dosa. Both of there were freshly cooked very tasty. Then for the Main we enjoyed some South Indian coconut butter chicken, served with Kerala parotta. Everything was extremely well presented. The wait staff were attentive detail and very friendly, The location of the restaurant was also really nice, looking over Victoria square. Myself and my wife really enjoyed all the aspects of our meal at Permit Room.

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This is the second time we have dined at the Permit room. The food is is outstanding, fresh and delicious and the probably one of the best restaurants in Christchurch for service.

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Kerry Keats

The food and service were amazing- we will be back to enjoy other items in the menu !

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Excellent service from the moment we walked in the door. Friendly staff, awesome menu and the food was delivered in great time and was delicious! The atmosphere was nice and relaxing despite being a busy restaurant. Certainly will be visiting The permit Room again....

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Mary O'Leary

Having dined in The Permit Room before, we were already fans, so we used our First Table opportunity to try all the things we might not be adventurous enough to try - what a result, totally outstanding on every level, from service and drinks through to the amazing food. We can't wait to come back and get the fabulous corner window table for our next feast at this beautiful and delicious gem of a restaurant!

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Natasha Oliver

Having only booked an hour before arriving we were very impressed with the whole experience. From arrival to departure the food was outstanding, the decor was stunning and we would definitely dine here again. Thank you.

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A most enjoyable meal all staff made us feel welcome

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Shen Tian

Good service, good environment, good food.

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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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