You’ll notice that I only have the one photo from Paramount, of a partially eaten take-out box of a dozen falafel. I wasn’t planning on blogging about this one, but I think I kinda have to?
Paramount makes me sad. The one I visited, in an industrial area of Mississauga, is actually the first location of the now omnipresent chain. Back before they started expanding, it was a fantastic restaurant — easily some of the best Middle Eastern food in the GTA. Every time I went there, the place was absolutely slammed. It was so good, and people couldn’t get enough of it.
Then, of course, they started expanding, and the quality started to go downhill. Slowly at first, but the decline was unmistakable. The crowds thinned out, but it was still popular enough.
The last time I was there, maybe about a year ago, the food was clearly inferior to its highs in the pre-expansion days, but it was still pretty decent.
I just went to pick up an order of a dozen falafel, and the place was an absolute ghost town. It’s easy enough to see why; it was quite possibly the worst falafel that I’ve ever had. It was dense and dry, with an unpleasantly crumbly texture that sucks all the moisture out of your mouth. It tasted wrong and stale despite being fresh from the fryer.
As for the weirdly sour tahini sauce and the bland pita bread, the less said the better.
I think I’m done with Paramount, and considering how good it used to be, that makes me sad.