Paramount Butcher Shop
4646 Heritage Hills Boulevard
Hours: Monday - Sunday 9:00AM – 9:00PM
(905) 890 -1700
Paramount Butcher Shop is the first meat “boutique” that I’ve come across. According to their website, their mission is to “provide our customers a new and exciting experience,” and they offer “the highest quality of halal meats, poultry and deli, presented in a new and enticing way by the finest butchers.”
The store is certainly different from your typical butcher shop. The first thing I noticed was how incredibly clean the store is. Everything looks shiny, new, and inviting. Then I noticed that I couldn’t smell the meat, which is great because the smell of raw meat makes me a bit queasy.
Paramount offers a variety of beef, lamb, veal, and poultry products including pre-marinated meats. Their seasonings are based on Middle Eastern flavours and their spicy products can be very hot. I happen to enjoy their spicy dry salami and spicy beef sausages. They do not offer any pork products because they are a halal shop and pork products are not included in Islamic dietary guidelines (but you don’t have to be Muslim to shop there).
The products tend to be more expensive than meat you can buy at most grocery stores (except for maybe Whole Foods). This is largely because you are paying for time and talents of the butchers, as well as the quality of the meats. I’m not an authority on butchering or charcuterie, but I can tell just by the look of the meat that it’s different from what you can buy at a big-box grocery store. The chicken and ground beef has a lot less fat than what I buy at Metro, for example.
While I can’t afford to shop here all the time, it’s worth making a trip there for certain items.You can get gorgeous hand-cut steaks, hand-made sausages, or a Frenched rack of lamb. Their customer service is good too. There is usually someone behind every counter available to help answer your questions or prepare your order. I had a nice conversation with one of the butchers recently about sausages (since they are something that I don’t usually make at home). He was really friendly and helped me pick out a few sausages to try, and told me how to cook them. I think my dad and I overcooked them but they were still tasty… (click thumbnails for cooking instructions).
You may be interested in knowing that Paramount works “directly with local farmers” and “believes that great tasting meat starts with naturally fed animals that are bred in a healthy environment.” Also, their deli meat does not contain dyes or preservatives. To my knowledge the meat is not organic though… (let me know if I’m wrong!).
If you’re in the area, you should definitely check out this shop. They also have locations in Toronto, Thornhill, and London (Ontario). For store locations click here.
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