Paramount Restaurant (Yonge / Dundas area across Eaton Centre)
Anyone here been to the new Paramount Restaurant yet on Yonge across from the Eaton Centre just south of Yonge Dundas Square? I have heard ads on the radio for it and it seems to be open now (soft open maybe?) according to the Blogto photo writeup I saw on it:
Curious to hear what people here think of the place? Thinking of maybe going tonight before a show (the Cirque show at Canon Theatre).
Wow that looks fantastic in the photos. Looks like they've done a good job with the space. Please report back if you try it. Also curious if it's table service or fast food-style, there seem to be menu boards on the wall that indicate the latter. The website looks nice but doesn't have much info.
I was in the neighbourhood and needed a quick bite to eat. At first I was dreading looking around for options, but then I happened upon Paramount and got a spinach and cheese manakeesh and the Paramount Special drink to go. Both were fresh tasting, straightforward and satisfying. The skewers they had in their refrigerated cases looked tempting, and I'm looking forward to going back for a main.
It's a sit down restaurant.
Went there about 3 weeks ago around 8pm, the service upstairs was unbelievably poor, I would be surprised if the waiter had any previous restaurant experience; messed up orders, no cutlery, 20 minutes get a coke (which we had to remind him of), water for half the table but not the other half, etc.... And then he complained about his tip. In the top 10 "most clueless people ever", I wish he were high, that would have explained it, but I fear that this was his natural state. The slickly dressed manager spent the entire meal bringing the two girls next to us free stuff and fawning.
Food wasn't bad, kafta arayes was fresh and tasty, shish taouk plate was good, someone ordered the little sausages and enjoyed. And fresh pita! Yum to fresh pita.
So a mixed experience you could say.
Went there for lunch today at 12:15, we were a party of 2 and we were suprised to get seated right away. From the get go, it was obvious that the staff had very little experience. We ordered 2 Manakeesh, a falafel platter and a tabouleh. We got the manakeesh really quickly and it was very fresh and tasty.
Unfortunately, everything went downhill from there. 1/2 an hour later, our waitress asks how our food was and we mentioned we're still waiting on the tabouleh and the falafel plate. She apologizes and explains that the falafel was still being prepared. She comes back quickly with the tabouleh (which was already pre-packaged in the fridge). We wait another 20 mins for the falafel then ask to have it cancelled, I decided to just grab take-out and eat at my desk since my lunch is only an hour.
So I get to the take-out counter, there were 2 ladies ahead of me who had to repeat their order at least 3 times for her to understand even though they were clearly pointing at what they wanted on the take-out menu. 10 minutes later, I got to place my order. I decided to get a chicken schwarma sandwich (no cooking means less waiting). Given my receipt, but not directed where to go, I waited by the cash register....a few minutes later decide to ask a server where I'm supposed to pick up my sandwich from and was directed to the counter where the sandwiches are made. I find the cook holding my sandwich wandering around the restaurant not knowing where to bring the sandwich to.
So 1.5 hours later, I bring my sandwich back to eat at my desk to feed my pregnant self. Pull my sandwich out of the bag only to find it dripping with oil. I'm glad they did include napkins in my bag. My first bite into the chicken and I notice the chicken actually tastes like it's mixed with soggy bread, tasted breaded. I took a few more bites to realize the only topping they included was lettuce! No garlic sauce, no tomatoes, no yummy goodness to mask the taste of the breaded chicken schwarma.
I've been to Paramount in Mississauga before and love the authentic taste of their food. However, this location is lacking in both quality and service. Hopefully by the time I get back from my maternity leave they will have improved.