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Paramount is Toronto’s Spot for Middle Eastern Eats

Paramount is Toronto’s Spot for Middle Eastern Eats

On the hunt for the best Middle Eastern food in Toronto?

I’m a huge, huge, huge fan of ethnic cuisines.

Anything with tons of spices and tons of flavours is my kind of thing.

Middle Eastern food fits the bill for all things flavourful!

Paramount Fine Foods has locations all across the Greater Toronto Area, and with such delicious food, it’s really no surprise why they’re everywhere.

Here’s a look at some of the offerings you can find at Paramount Fine Foods, including their brunch options and their regular menu.

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Paramount offers a mix of traditional Middle Eastern eats alongside fusion dishes inspired by other cultures.

I really love the breads at Paramount – they taste very fresh, not like your typical grocery store bread!

These pillowy breads were tasty and looked really cute, and the bread on the shawarma wrap was good as well.

Paramount Fine Foods, Toronto

The Yalla Special ($8.99) is basically a Middle Eastern poutine filled with chicken shawarma, garlic, and tahini sauce.

It’s absolutely delicious.

Paramount Fine Foods, Toronto

The Mezza Plate ($8.99) has Hummas (hummus), Tabbouleh, and Mautaball (which I think is also called baba ghanoush).

All of the dips were super delicious!

The Mautaball was definitely my and Adam’s favourite – we loved the fresh crunch of the pomegranate seeds.

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Paramount Fine Foods, Toronto
The Mezza Plate features Hummas, Tabbouleh, and Mautaball for dipping.
Paramount Fine Foods, Toronto
A closeup of the hummus because #foodporn.

Main dishes

The Beef Shawarma Wrap ($8.99) was Adam’s favourite dish.

The beef was cooked to perfection!

Middle Eastern pickled turnips are one of my favourite pickled foods.

They just taste so darn good, especially in shawarma!

Paramount Fine Foods, Toronto


There’s nothing like fresh baklava for dessert!

Baklava is one of my fave Middle Eastern desserts.

Paramount Fine Foods, Toronto

Middle Eastern brunch

When you think brunch dishes, 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.


Adam said the Paramount Special ($6.99) 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.

Paramount Fine Foods, Toronto


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, but with much better bread.

There’s a whole list of all kinds of different manakeesh on Paramount’s breakfast menu.

We tried the Zaatar Manakeesh ($3.49), Labneh with Zaatar Manakeesh ($5.29), and Chicken and Cheese Manakeesh.

All of them were really good, but Adam and I both agreed that the chicken with cheese was our favourite.

The people sitting next to our table got the spicy chicken manakeesh, and we definitely will try that next time we’re here for brunch.

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Paramount Fine Foods, Toronto
The Zaatar Manakeesh features half thyme, sesame, and virgin olive oil, and half cheese.
Paramount Fine Foods, Toronto
The Labneh with Zaatar Manakeesh topped with creamy yogurt and zaatar, and the Chicken and Cheese Manakeesh topped with chicken and mozzarella.
Paramount Fine Foods, Toronto


The Kebbeh ($7.99) is 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.

Perhaps because I’m just not much of a chickpea person?

Paramount Fine Foods, Toronto

Paramount makes some of the best Middle Eastern food in Toronto, and it’s definitely worth a visit.

Have you been to any of Paramount Fine Foods’ locations before? What are the best places to get Middle Eastern food in Toronto in your opinion? I’d love to know in the comments!

For more information, please visit Paramount Fine Foods’ website.

P.S. if you liked this post, you might like this post on the best Mexican restaurants in Toronto, or any of my other posts on Toronto restaurants.

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Jessica Lam | Toronto lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and travel blogger | Diary of a Toronto Girl, a Canadian lifestyle blog

Looking for the best Middle Eastern food in Toronto? From manakeesh to baklava, Paramount Fine Foods serves up some of the best Middle Eastern cuisine.


Wednesday 16th of November 2016

Looks so good! I'm so hungry now <3

x Alina x

Jessica Lam

Thursday 17th of November 2016

It was really delicious!