If you’re a fan of fine dining and authentic Lebanese food, then Paramount is worth a try. The unique feature of this restaurant is its painstakingly simple elegance. Running soft Arabic music in the background creates an entrancing ambiance when you enter the restaurant.
Even before ordering, we were treated with oven-fresh pita bread. This sets the mood for the upcoming delicacy. We ordered the Mixed Combo Platter, which comes with a variety of sides and accompanying items.
Like I said, this is for authentic Lebanese cuisine lovers. It’s not a fusion of cuisines. The combination of freshly baked khubz (pita bread) and hummus is the ideal appetizer you can have in an Arabic restaurant. The hummus was served fresh and looked tantalizing. The taste was creamy and dense, with a tinge of olive oil. It simply paved the way for the upcoming entree.
Being a salad lover, I was taken aback by the scrumptiousness of the garden salad served. It’s flecked with croutons (I think) which accentuates its crunchiness. It was sprinkled with a magical sauce that would have you gobbling it up before the entree arrives.
Mixed Combo Platter:
As the name suggests, it’s a combo and contains a predominance of skewered meats and shawarma fillings, decorated over a large sheet of pita bread. The concoction contains two skewers of beef seekh kabab, which sizzle with authentic goodness, two servings of the succulent shish tawook, succulent and fresh, and an open version of chicken and beef shawarma each, tender and well cooked.
This was fringed with a handful of Falafel (daal wala kofta deep-fried, is the closest description I can think of :)). The pita bread is complimentary, oven-fresh, and timely served. Each item had a unique taste that, when blended with its counterparts, made for a fine dining experience.
The meat, particularly beef was char-grilled, tender, and sliced into bite-sized chunks. The sheet of pita bread lying at the bottom is imbibed by the flavors of the entree sitting on its surface. So I highly recommend consuming it before you’re full. Though the fresh bread is tasty, it doesn’t stand a chance against this!
The platter is served with french fries and rice as sides.
The full platter would be ideal for 3 people. A decent choice for a fine dining experience.
Review by Zeshan Ali Syed
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