Cuisine: Share Plates, South Indian, Tapas/Small Plates
Price Point: Mains from $25 - $35+
Ranked: #13 of 101 restaurants in Christchurch

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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Ranked: #13 of 101 restaurants in Christchurch 13
Permit Room
Cuisine: Share Plates, South Indian, Tapas/Small Plates
Mains: $25 - $35+

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Good food, pleasant evening. Nice decor

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Excellent food. We'll be back.

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Shell Withers

Great atmosphere, absolutely outstanding service and really delicious food. Will return for sure. Beautiful outlook to the fountain in Victoria Park at night.

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I would highly recommend the Permit Room - the food and service is excellent. Gunpowder cauliflower was delicious and you have the option with the curries of having them mild, medium or hot. Will definitely be dining there again.

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Excellent service and food.

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Debbie Owles

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

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Fresh and tasty food in an elegant yet inviting setting. Will definitely be back!

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Nice food

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Friendly and entertaining service with delicious dishes to follow it up. Particularly notable was the Lamb Curry large plate. Definitely going again.

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Christine Campfens

Enjoyed the tapas style food which was delicious. Excellent service

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Vicki Martin

Great food and service- we had a very enjoyable night out .

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Beautiful food, prawn curry was amazing.

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Trudi Johnston

We had a great night out at Permit Room over the weekend. The food was a different twist on most Indian dishes and delicious. The staff were attentive and it was lovely and warm on a cold night. Highly recommended!

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Jen Kenix

The food was a creative sampling of familiar, yet unknown combinations. Twists on things you've had before but are new and surprising. The interior was lovely and watching the fountain in Victoria Square change colours added to the ambiance. Great so close to Town Hall.

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Our expectations were high from the start hyped by raving reviewers from previous diners
The ambience and decor is very tasteful and the service is a 100%.
We perused the (small) menu over a GnT and decided to share 3 entrees and one main...everything sounds so different from your standard (mainly north) Indian menu and really looked forward to eating
We ordered Kerala deep fried chicken, jackfruit and pumpkin dosa and gunpowder potato and cauliflower. And for the main we ordered Butter chicken served with paratha (flacks bread)..all came promptly...
After the first few bites we came to the conclusion that despite the promising descriptions the dishes were pretty ordinary. The exception was the dosa which was delicious albeit the filling a little small. And the paratha which was super flaky and super fresh
Despite the disappointment were thinking we will be back to taste other offerings on the menu
Be aware the mains are at the top end. They only come with a small paratha, rice has to be ordered extra.
We are not sure if the place will survive...maybe they have to turn it up a notch

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Danielle Kennedy

Excellent food, service and atmosphere. Highly recommend!

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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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Paige Valentine

Fantastic service and delicious, authentic Indian cuisine. Loved experiencing the recently refurbished building and The Permit Room has decorated the interior beautifully. Will be back, highly recommend!

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Great food and service. Cool atmosphere

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Lilly May

Food was amazing and the service was really helpful and friendly

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we were going to the theatre so the timing and location were good for us. The meal was great and we look forward to returning.

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Leonie Cowen-Willis

Great food, great service, lovely atmosphere what more can I say

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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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Melissa Haskell

The premises looked amazing, so pleased to see the building saved. The staff were really friendly and welcoming. The food and cocktails were fantastic. We had a great night thanks

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TONY FORSYTH

The Permit Room is fabulous. Every dish we had was full of flavour and very satisfying.

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Excellent food and service. The different flavors lighten up the taste buds and stay with you after your meal: yum

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Had a wonderful evening at Permit Room. Everything was first class from the ambience to the service to the food. Very classy restaurant. Highly recommended. Will definitely be putting the word out about this restaurant. We will be back.

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Andrea Williams

Excellent service thank you !

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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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Very tasty food. Quite different from usual Indian fare. Attentive and friendly service. Definitely recommend.

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The food was fabulous and the staff were very efficient, helpful and friendly. Would definitely recommend this place

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Charlotte Price

Excellent

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Soon Leong Ong

Couldn't wait to leave a review. We had a really nice dinner last night. Good atmosphere, great food, excellent service. All the dishes were full of flavour and just the right balance of spiciness. Gunpower cauliflower is worth a special mention. Service staff were attentive and pleasant. The next time we go back, we'll have all the small plates together with the mains. In this way, we can enjoy every thing together. Many thanks for the wonderful experience.

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Absolutely delicious! And the staff were amazing ☺

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Veronica Lane

Great friendly service. Delicious food.

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Fantastic dining experience; skilled wait staff, great setting, amazing food. I highly recommend Permit Room and their banana and kale bhajees!

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Arvind Masilamani

Excellent evening - great food. Different to the usual Indian food available locally but really worth it. Great decor and location.

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Jeff McCarthy

Excellent restaurant with outstanding service.
Love the South Indian style of food and will certainly be going back.
The Restaurant interior is a credit to the owners.

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Sinead Ferry

From the moment we arrived we felt welcomed and received quick service with some lovely staff that were very helpful.

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Paul McKessar

Excellent wait staff, accompanied by amazing food, gunpowder cauliflower was devine.

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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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WOW, fantastic food and service. Restaurant and decor were amazing.what a gem of a place.This will be a top 10 restaurant in chch

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Friendly attentive service and delicious food.

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this place is great. a contemporary take on Indian food. tried lots of small plates..delicious. cool atmosphere too. will be back

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Amazing food and great service!

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The food was very tasty with good portion sizes and the service was good. We will definitely visit again.

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Fantastic food - wonderful selection and many vegetarian and gluten free options, as well as meat dishes. The service was friendly, swift and professional. Will definitely return.

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Lizzie Cheruvu

An excitedly different Indian menu! Totally recommend the stuffed baby eggplant and Keralan fried chicken alongside jackfruit dosa. Classy restaurant interior and perfect service! we will be back

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Lovely decor, we especially liked the both seat with the lush curtain, fantastic service, the staff were friendly, accommodating and the food was good. Highly recommend

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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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