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“Very special restaurant where the food, ambience, service, location and value are all top tier!”
Review of Permit Room

Permit Room
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Ranked #12 of 1,274 Restaurants in Christchurch
Price range: $9 - $28
Description: Permit Room located ground floor 1920s historic building . Colonial fitout look, ties in with building. Restaurant and bar theme on prohibition India, with south Indian cuisine
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Description: Permit Room located ground floor 1920s historic building . Colonial fitout look, ties in with building. Restaurant and bar theme on prohibition India, with south Indian cuisine
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visting this restaurant on our last leg of our trip around South Island, wanted to find something special and not too pretentious. We luckily stumbled upon the Permit Room as we felt like a light Indian dinner and found them on Google with 4.4+star reviews.

The place is located in town, even before entering the restaurant you can sense the care in the decor and fittings; we were prepared for a nice meal. Being Summer sunset in Christchurch is late.

We were seated at a nice table and admired the wooden and marble textures inside the restaurant. The music was unintrusive and relaxing; jazzy tunes. The smells coming from the kitchen were heavenly. The service, pleasant, polite and never in your face.

The food! Amazing, had a lentil cake entree, large potato dosa and coupled with a lychee and ginger cocktail. Everything tasted devine. Layers and layers of flavours wihtout being heavy. The portion sizes were also very generous.

In summary:

Ambience 5 stars
Decor 5 stars
Service 5 stars
Food 5 stars
Value 5 stars
Overall experience; one of the best meals we have had :) . Perfect for a romantic dinner.

Thanks team for a nice night, we hope your restaurant gets the fame and recognition it deserves!

Date of visit: January 2020
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Thank brichan84
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ashyrobertson, Marketing at Permit Room, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Wow, thank you for taking the time to write this. We are humbled that you enjoyed Permit Room so much.

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We came in around 9pm for a late dinner and the staff were all extremely friendly and attentive. We were indecisive and our waiter recommended some options, telling us we wouldn't be disappointed, he was right. I'm really interested in trying their bottomless brunch sometime.

Date of visit: January 2020
Thank jezhowson
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ashyrobertson, Marketing at Permit Room, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you very much for your kind review, thanks for your support.

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Reviewed January 17, 2020

enjoyed the most amazing food here - shared a number of small plates with hubby on our trip to NZ. The dishes were so very different to anything we have ever experienced - delicate flavours, each dish tasting very different. Menu uncomplicated which is always good. Management and service was excellent - well done staff in Permit Room. Will definitely visit when we return!

Date of visit: January 2020
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Thank 786janw
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ashyrobertson, Marketing at Permit Room, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much. We hope to see you on your next visit.

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Reviewed January 16, 2020

My partner and I booked last minute, and even though we were late to our booking the maître d' was very hospitable and welcoming.
The food was exquisite! Highly recommend the Dosa and the Gunpowder cauli and potatoes. We both thoroughly enjoyed all the dishes, the excellent service and the lovely atmosphere. We can't wait to go back!

Date of visit: January 2020
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Thank arnottr88
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ashyrobertson, Marketing at Permit Room, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

These are two of our favourites. Thanks for your support, we look forward to hosting you again.

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Reviewed January 15, 2020

The food, service and ambience at this restaurant is second to none. If you are in Christchurch and want a fabulous Indian meal - go here! The staff are friendly and provided great recommendations for food and drinks. I recommend the coriander and ginger cocktail - it is stunning.

Date of visit: January 2020
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Thank Chrissiedodds98
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ashyrobertson, Marketing at Permit Room, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much! Music to our ears, appreciate the support.

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