Toronto Eats: Lunch at Paramount Fine Foods

Toronto Eats: Paramount Fine Foods, Kiku Corner
Toronto Eats: Paramount Fine Foods, Kiku Corner
Falafel plate – falafel garnished with mixed pickles, tomatoes and lettuce served with a side dip of tahini sauce

Having grown up in Saudi Arabia, we are always looking for Arab food that has that same flavour we know so well. Several years ago, some old neighbours of ours from Saudi took our parents to the Paramount restaurant in Mississauga. Only recently have they expanded downtown and up in Markham. We finally made our way to Paramount Fine Foods for lunch on our way to the Toronto Zoo.

They had our favourites, ranging from mixed fruit juices, manakeesh with Accawi cheese, moutabal, mujadara, and pink turnip pickles. Everything was amazing, from the Arabic music to the smells of spices and perfume to the counters of beautiful food in ready-to-go containers. I remember, before I had to wear an abaya and wasn’t allowed into the ‘male’ section of the restaurant, going with my dad to pick up some of these delicious foods, in the same ready-to-go containers!

Unlike a regular restaurant, you order at the cash register, and the servers will bring your food to your table as it’s ready. You pay when you are finished your meal, before you leave. The benefit of this is that you can keep on ordering more food, desserts, and drinks as you desire them, and only leave once you are good and ready. It makes for a leisurely, no-fuss meal.

The colours of these foods are fantastic as well, from the bright pink beet-stained pickled turnip to the vibrantly green tabbouleh and green pistachio nuts. We had to restrain ourselves from ordering everything on the menu, and we will definitely be back for more!

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Toronto Eats: Paramount Fine Foods, Kiku Corner
Za’atar manakeesh and fresh, billowy pita bread
Toronto Eats: Paramount Fine Foods, Kiku Corner
For dessert we had Sh’aibiyad, phyllo pastry stuffed with ashta cream, coated with sugar syrup and topped with crushed pistachios.
Toronto Eats: Paramount Fine Foods, Kiku Corner
Arayess – pita bread stuffed with a mixture of ground beef, chopped onions and parsley, garnished with mixed pickles, tomatoes and lettuce with a side of hummus.
Toronto Eats: Paramount Fine Foods, Kiku Corner
Za’atar manakeesh and moutabal.
Toronto Eats: Paramount Fine Foods, Kiku Corner
Our lunch!
Toronto Eats: Paramount Fine Foods, Kiku Corner
Moutabal – a dip of grilled eggplant, tahini sauce, and virgin olive oil. Topped with sumac and pomegranate seeds.
Toronto Eats: Paramount Fine Foods, Kiku Corner
Osmalieh – kinafe dough stuffed with ashta cream and drizzled with sugar syrup.

 

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2 Replies to “Toronto Eats: Lunch at Paramount Fine Foods”

  1. Gorgeous pictures! My favourite is arayes 🙂

  2. […] I figured out the recipe after years of testing – the guava juice is the secret ingredient. Paramount Fine Foods offers the closest thing, and you can get the deluxe version with pistachios, almonds, chopped […]

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