Paramount Fine Foods – Review

Paramount FIne Foods

Paramount Fine Foods is a popular Mediterranean eatery that looks more like a super store or one stop shop for middle eastern cuisine with a ton of appetizers, sandwiches, entrees, baked goods, chocolates, manakeesh, BBQ, and coffee!

Paramount a bit of anything and everything for everyone which makes it a good choice for both lunch and dinner visits.  The dining area is pretty spacious with ample seating  to accommodate small relaxed groups and even large gatherings.

Paramount has a wide selection of authentic Halal and vegetarian dishes.

Location: 7315 Yong St. (Yonge & Steeles)
Tel: 905-886-4600
Website: www.paramountfinefoods.com
Price: $8-$15
Hours: Sunday – Thursday:  8am – 11pm & Friday – Saturday:  8am – 12am

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Specialties: Chicken Shawarma, Beef Shawarma Plate, Shick Tawouk Plate, Falafel Sandwich, Moutabbal, Hummus, Fattoush, Zataar
Full Menu: Click here

Right off the bat the place has a elegant food court feel to it if that even makes any sense.  The dining area seems like a high end food court with most tables seating 4 persons.  It’s a bit of a self serve dining experience where you line up at the front and pay for your meal but the cashier hand you a number card and stand to bring to your table and when your meal is ready the servers bring you your food.

The next thing that caught my eye was the incredible selection of food behind the counters from baked goods, sandwiches, sweets and much much more as I mentioned earlier.

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I make it a habit of trying my staple Mediterranean items, so I had to try the shawarma plate (both chicken and beef) and the falafel as well as the skewers.  We also had to try the meat platter because it was highly recommended so we had a big task on our hands to finish all this food.

The meal was delivered promptly after ordering and they even found my table quite quickly even though we chose to sit in the car corner of the restaurant.   The chicken shawarma plate was pretty hefty in veggies and meat but the chicken was very dry.  I’m not sure if it was the dryness was a result of being near the end of day but it wasn’t too appetizing at all because I found that I had to buy a few drinks to get it down.

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The beef on the other hand was a better choice rich with spices and very tender with each bite I took.  I was taken with the portion size of the meat platter which was filled with more dried chicken and two types beef including skewers.    The meat platter was more of the same types of flavours as the shawarma plates but just more meat and less wrap.

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For the three of us, dinner came up to about $50 dollars after taxes which was a bit over priced in my opinion.   We left Paramount pretty stuffed but it wasn’t that great.

Overall it was a mediocre experience and not worth all the hype.

Discussion

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  1. i hate this place.

    over priced and the food is really dry.

    Posted by tony | June 24, 2010, 11:40 am
    • I totally agree with you, the food is very dry and i hate the atmosphere too, the manager is very rude as well as the staff.They have no sense of respect.

      Posted by lilian | July 11, 2012, 12:22 am
  2. I am in Toronto visiting from America and while Christmas shopping by the Toronto Eaton Centre I came across Paramount Fine Foods restaurant. I travel the world for business and was very pleased to find middle Eastern cuisne so authentic and traditional. The location is amazing, the service is phenomenal, the food was spectacular. Overall it was probably the best middle eastern experiences I’ve had without actually being in Lebanon. I think Toronto is very fortunate to have such an amazing traditional restaurant like Paramount to enjoy the finest tastes of the middle East.

    Posted by Adam | December 22, 2010, 12:08 pm
  3. Was at Paramount the other day, very impressed with how AMAZING my overall experience was. It’s hard to find a restaurant that can hit home with true traditional style, but Paramount has captured Lebanon’s authentic style. The food is superb, fresh, full of flavour, in a very traditional environment, price is very good. One of the servers had told me they are expanding and bring their chef’s right from Lebanon. Very impressive, keep up the good work and i will keep enjoying your foods.

    Posted by Chris | December 22, 2010, 12:10 pm
  4. GREAT FOOD! GREAT PRICES! GREAT LOCATION! YOU CANT GET BETTER TRADITIONAL CUISINE!

    Posted by Stephanie | December 22, 2010, 12:24 pm
  5. The food is not bad
    Services are rood
    The Owner is not so nice
    I hate this please

    Posted by abeer | March 11, 2011, 9:03 am
  6. Really its too expensive ..its not worth it because the restaurant was not like this when they first opened or even last year…one falafel for 1$…are you kidding me? This place needs to get its shit.

    Posted by Sami | April 17, 2012, 1:57 pm