Contemporary and Kiwi: Protocol Bar and Restaurant

You enter through the doors of Protocol Bar & Restaurant on Colombo Street and immediately feel an inviting vibe.

The warm tones of the wooden furniture in the bar and the restaurant areas are stylish, comforting and enticing.

Protocol is also contemporary and very Kiwi with its outdoor terrace recently upgraded with new seating and planting – the perfect place to while away a warm summer evening. It’s sunny and sheltered from the wind and a wonderful vantage point from which to watch the world go by.

It’s not only the location and style that makes Protocol a delightful place to relax and enjoy the company of family and friends. Head Chef Roi Ezra’s food has become a huge drawcard in the time he has been with the establishment.

“It’s food with a true Mediterranean influence,” says Protocol’s owner, Genaea Calvert. “We have just introduced a new summer menu with those lighter fresher flavours that people associate with alfresco dining. But the Lamb Shoulder dish for two with mint jelly, jus, duck fat potatoes and greens is so popular that there was no way we could have taken that off the menu”.

The food at Protocol covers the range from brunch and lunch to dinner and there is also a mouth watering array of small plates and pizzas for another more casual dining option. They have also recently introduced a diverse offering of craft beers.

Adding to Protocol’s versatility are its two private function rooms, suitable for all kinds of occasions, from canapé parties, to conferences, birthdays or small weddings.

The Lounge, which has separate entry and its own exclave terrace, can accommodate between 60-100 people while the smaller Elevate Room is designed to cater for 40 – 60 guests. With the year passing by with such alarming speed it really is not too early to use that word “Christmas” and Protocol is taking Christmas function bookings now.

Protocol is open Tuesday – Sunday 11.00am to late.

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