Paramount Restaurant, Edmonton, AB – Middle Eastern cuisine

Lamb wrap ($10.99) with fries and soft drink 'combo' ($3.00)

Lamb wrap ($10.99) with fries and soft drink ‘combo’ ($3.00)

My friend Fatima M. and I regularly talk about ‘good eats’ in Edmonton.  Fatima’s background is Lebanese, a style of food I find intriguingly exotic, yet a cuisine that is unfamiliar territory for me.

Fatima recently recommended Paramount Restaurant, a middle Eastern restaurant that boldly claims to be the ‘best’ Lebanese food in Edmonton.

Paramount opened in January, 2016, according to one staff person.  The company is a chain restaurant based in Toronto, and in addition to the location in north Edmonton, other locations are scheduled to open in downtown, the West End, Kingsway and South Common.  According to the staffer, some seven outlets will be up and running in Edmonton in 2017.

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Restaurant Model

Paramount is a food court-style restaurant.  Find yourself a table, peruse the extensive menu, and place your order at the cashier.

When your food is ready, servers bring it to your table.

Leaning towards upscale ambience

Modern, clean and comfortable is the best descriptor for the restaurant’s decor.  Comfortable booths and tables for larger parties are placed with generous room around each eating area.  Large windows make the atmosphere bright and welcoming.  While the ambiance is not quite fine dining, it’s definitely a couple of notches higher than your typical food court or fast food outlet.

Unusual amenities – Kids’ Playroom and Prayer Room

The restaurant has two features that make it stand apart from the crowd.  The first, obvious attraction is a separate children’s play room, an idea borrowed from numerous new car dealerships and, of course, some McDonald’s restaurants.

Paramount features a children's play room located in a separate, glass walled room

Paramount features a children’s play room located in a separate, glass walled room

The play room will be a boon for families with small children, making the restaurant attractive to kids, who can help put the pressure on their parents where to take the family to dine.

The second ‘feature’ of the Paramount Restaurant is Prayer Room for those of Muslim faith, an amenity I’ve not seen before at a restaurant in Canada, and a thoughtful touch.

Food and service

Ingrid and I both ordered the Lamb wrap ($10.99) and the optional ‘combo’ (adding french fries and a canned soft drink, $3.00.)

I was surprised our order took a little longer than I’d expected.  We arrived after 1:00 PM and the restaurant was empty except for diners at two other tables.  Our order took a slightly long-ish 22 minutes to arrive.

The Lamb Wrap had large chunks of grilled lamb, pickle, humus and a lovely flavoured tzatziki (I think) sauce.  For the ‘base’ price of $10.99, it was a delicious bargain.  There are few places where you can get lamb at such a reasonable price.

Surprise

To our surprise, when we finished our meal, our server brought out a complimentary plate of baklawa (their spelling), with four pieces of the sweet dessert, filo pastry filled with chopped nuts.  A nice end to a delicious lunch.

Fatima said her friends have returned to Paramount five times since she first introduced them to this middle Eastern establishment.

Delicious food at a good price, and the ‘exotic’ nature of Lebanese cuisine make it easy to give Paramount Restaurant a ‘highly recommended’ rating.

 

Paramount Restaurant, 12922-167th Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB., Tel.:  1-780-761-3463:  Highly Recommended

 

 

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