I’m a huge, huge, huge fan of ethnic cuisines – anything with tons of spices and tons of flavours is my kind of thing. Paramount Fine Foods on Front Street invited me to have brunch with them this past weekend, and I couldn’t say no.
When you think breakfast food, you probably think pancakes, omelettes, and french toast. While Paramount’s got some of the basic Canadian breakfast staples, they’ve also got their very own breakfast menu with delicious Middle Eastern specialties, and they’ll be launching a special campaign for it on October 24th.
The manakeesh is a traditional Middle Eastern breakfast item, and it’s usually served with toppings such as cheese, zaatar, thyme, or meat. Think of it as a breakfast pizza, with much better bread. There’s a whole list of different kinds of manakeesh on Paramount’s breakfast menu.
Pictured above is the zaatar manakeesh, which is half thyme, sesame, and virgin olive oil, and half cheese. Pictured below are the labneh with zaatar manakeesh, which has creamy yogurt and zaatar, and the chicken with cheese manakeesh, which has chicken and mozzarella. All of them were really good, but Adam and I both agreed that the chicken with cheese was our absolute favourite. The bloggers next to us got the spicy chicken one, and we definitely will try that next time we’re here.
We also got the kebbeh, which was a golden-fried, ground sirloin mixed with cracked wheat, and stuffed with spiced beef. It was amazing. I can’t even begin to describe how good it was, but I definitely liked them more than I like falafels.
Adam said the Paramount Special juice was the best smoothie he’s ever had – he couldn’t stop eating the chunks of yogurt inside. It has layers of fresh strawberry and mango juices with a variety of mixed fruits, almonds, crushed pistachios, ashta cream, and honey.
As part of Paramount’s breakfast campaign, kids (age 12 and under) eat for free from 8 AM to 2 PM and adults get a free coffee with a full breakfast entree. So, why not try an authentic Middle Eastern breakfast this weekend? It’s no wonder they’ve got over two dozen locations in Ontario. For more information, visit their website.
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