Permit Room


Tuesday5:00 – 10:00 pm.

Wednesday5:00 – 10:00 pm.

Thursday5:00 – 10:00 pm.

Friday5:00 – 10:00 pm.

Saturday5:00 – 10:00 pm.

Sunday5:00 – 10:00 pm.

779 Colombo Street, Christchurch Central, Christchurch

03-925 9280

Situated in a beautifully restored 1920s heritage building overlooking Victoria Square, Permit Room is no ordinary Indian restaurant. This elegant eatery and bar offers authentic South Indian cuisine with a colonial-style theme, transporting visitors to a time of prohibition in 1940s India.

Dimly lit in the evenings and offering beautiful views across to the recently restored square, Permit Room is the perfect setting for a romantic dinner or a group gathering. Dark wood, marble tabletops and beautiful lighting create a wonderful atmosphere. During the day the large windows let in lots of light – watch the tram rolling past while enjoying a peaceful and tasty retreat from a busy day.

The food here is full of richness and flavour in true authentic South Indian manner. The chefs hand-grind all of the spices for the dishes in-house and only the best, fresh ingredients from local producers are used. The menu is compact, with each dish on it having gone through a careful selection process, created with utmost passion by the experienced chefs. Dishes can easily be shared and for larger groups there is a banquet option.

Bring your favourite dining partner and treat them, or gather a group of friends or colleagues for a shared meal. The mezzanine overlooking the square has space for 50, and could be just the ticket for that next function - drinks, nibbles, anyone? We guarantee it will be a unique experience.

Words by Petra Nyman & Photography by Nancy Zhou

779 Colombo Street, Christchurch Central, Christchurch

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