As the first “coastal Indian region fusion resto-lounge”, The Permit Lounge is looking to have done enough and more to make that mark.
Add in a series of fake animal heads watching proceedings around this eclectic venue and you are suddenly a world away from the traffic of Dubai’s busy Mankhool neighbourhood.
The interior of this new Indian resto-lounge comes as something of surprise beyond the beige corridor of H level at Majestic City Retreat Hotel.
The Permit Lounge is a space filled with colour, comfort, design twists and visual knick-knacks that have you struggling to decide where to plant yourself.
The result is a spacious venue from the Bar Baar brand, accompanying Insta-friendly surroundings with plenty of food for thought.
Taking its cue from India’s coastal cuisine traditions across the southern belt, it cites a menu that is sustainable, eco-friendly, and seasoning sourced from only homegrown herbs. That all adds up to drawing on the foodie traditions of states such as Kerala, Goa, Andhra, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu.
A creative bar dispenses some intriguing cocktails - such as the visually impressive Chill Pill Maadito with its vanishing head - to match the creativity emerging from the kitchen.
“The long-term goal is to establish a strong reputation for high-quality food and beverages, exceptional service, and a unique and memorable dining experience that sets The Permit Room apart from the competition,” says Managing Director Hiren Sarvaiya.
“The Permit Room staff have a commitment to providing exceptional service by providing profound knowledge about the menu and be able to make recommendations to customers based on their preferences.”
There’s a country pub-meets-private club vibe to the interior, taking its cue from the old British India era with colourful use of wood and rattan infused with pop-culture through retro hand-drawn posters, layered on the wall.
It takes inspiration from the rich culture of Gond art, with deep brown and ochre serving as the primarily colour palettes for the space.
The brand says sustainability is a key pillar of the design and architecture, installations, sculptures, and furniture and lighting behind its latest project.
Combined, The Permit Room seats up to 175 guests, while alongside a resident DJ armed with Indo-fusion tunes, expect contemporary song choices from a live duo.
FIND The Permit Room at Majestic City Retreat Hotel, 103 Al Mankhool Road, Bur Dubai
VISIT www.permitroomdxb.com or follow the venue @permitroomdxb to find out more or stay in touch