By Sharilene Rowland
Look out Shops at Don Mills, a new cultural, warm and inviting restaurant has opened! On April 4, 2016, I attended the grand opening of rising star Paramount Fine Foods at Shops at Don Mills, one of Canada’s fastest growing Halal Middle Eastern Restaurant chains.
Although the culture, food and drinks at Paramount Fine Foods stem from a long, colourful history, this Don Mills restaurant’s design is very sophisticated with a modern twist. But this does not take away from its authentic offerings.
Hamsa Diab Farhat of Consider It Done Events and Marketing, who was in attendance, Chef Williams and bartenders Adrian David Stein and Curtis McGregor ensured that the grand opening party was a huge success!
The evening centered around authentic cuisine, live entertainment by Johnson (cool sax and jazzy) and lavish mocktails featuring exotic ingredients. Notably, my favourite was a Namas-Tea made of a combination of Persian saffron, Egyptian chamomile, dehydrated rose, local wildflower honey, lemon, bitter apricot and citrus cloud.
A colourful buffet was not only pleasing to the eyes, it was extremely appetizing. A wide variety of menu items were offered throughout the evening for all to sample, more than once I might add.
Some of the evening’s offerings included a variety of Manakeesh and Hummus, BBQ shrimp, Kafta skewers, wraps, as well as fresh pureed juices and a selection of Lebanese sweets including Baklawa.
The variety, price and quality of food and drink at Paramount Fine Foods at Shops at Don Mills will be sure to bring you back time and time again.
To top off the evening, we enjoyed a visit by Toronto Raptors’ Jonas Valanciunas. Needless to say, the guests were excited to meet the Raptors Center and he was gracious to allow many photo opportunities including one with me.
Many other notable community members and dignitaries attended the evening including the Honourable John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, and of course the President and CEO of Paramount Fine Foods, Mohamad Fakih.
Paramount Fine Foods at Shops at Don Mills, 1090 Don Mills Road, Toronto, 647-352-9333