Nelson @ParamountFoods: For some reason I really like Middle Eastern food. One of the best Middle Eastern restaurants is Paramount. This is the downtown location which is right on Yonge, but is not touristy at all and serves great food.
The meal starts with their pitas that are made on site in a large circular oven. The go into the oven flat and they come out hot and puffed out. Neat trick. Neat and delicious.
|To dip the pita we ordered the Moutabbal dip with grilled eggplant blended with tahini sauce drizzled with virgin olive oil ($5.99). I love this dip as it is flavourful with unreal smokiness. How do they make it??? This stuff is so addictive.|
|Everyone was ordering this drink. So we were curious and a bunch of us also ordered it. It's the paramount special with mango strawberry pistachio, almond papaya, cheese, sugar pineapple, osmalieh (a cream). It's a bit weird because parts of it is very thick through the straw. A lot of flavours and textures going on in this unique drink. It's also a bit pricey at $6.99.|
|We were eating family style, so we ordered a mixed combo platter with fattoush, chicken & beef shawarma, two kafta skewers, two sish tawouk skewers, two BBQ beef skewers adn four falafel pieces ($69.99). The beef skewers were a bit rare and therefore absolutely delicious with a nice smokey flavour. The kafta was quite good too and not that spicy but still flavourful and not gamey. The chicken skewer is great too and also nicely smokey. I also like how they line the bottom of the platter with pita and it just soaks up all the flavours. It tastes so different from the puffed ones at the beginning of the meal.|
|These are lamb skewers, with in house marinated lamb char-grilled to perfection and served with a side of hummus ($18.99). It was a bit gamey, but once again it had a nice smokey flavour. I don't like gamey lamb usually, but this was one of the better versions I've had.|
|Sides of rice and fries. The rice is nicely buttery while the fries are tasty and deep fried well.|
|The last food item we tried was the philly shawarma pizza with beef shawarma, peppers and onions, topped with melted mozzarella cheese ($6.99). This wasn't my favourite despite how good it looks. A bit too doughy for my liking.|
|As were were leaving I spied the grilling station. They just have skewers over charcoal. All the smoke has to leave from the top and the sides are enclosed. It somehow make the food have this wonderful smokey flavour. There must be some other secret to it I'm not aware of.|
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