Sunday, April 1, 2012

The Paramount (Beacon Hill)

     Last night we decided to try out a restaurant called The Paramount on Beacon Hill; there is also one in the South End. This restaurant was voted one of the Best of Boston in 2009 and 2010. The Paramount is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We went in for dinner and it was a great experience. The dim lighting, candles on the tables, and tight space gives the restaurant a romantic, intimate feel. Our only complaint would be that the tables are way to close to each other, you are practically touching backs with the person behind you.

     To start the meal the restaurant gives you a few slices of bread to dip into their home made hummus. To be honest, the hummus played a trick on us. The large amount of cilantro in the hummus made it look like guacamole. It was light and flavorful with a nice hint of lime. We ate it believing it was an avocado mouse, at the end of the meal we asked the waiter exactly what it was, we were shocked to learn there was no avocado in it at all.
      As an apetizer we had the "Made to Order" Guacamole which was good. It is an extremely fresh mixture of avocado, tomato, and lime. The guacamole was chunky and could be easily scooped with the crispy tortillas that surrounded it. Definately a great way to start the meal.

     Second, we ordered the Crab Cake BLT with chipotle mayo and a side of sweet potato fries. The sweet potato fries are a must have at this restaurant. They are thinly cut and crispy, simply delicious. The crab cake blt was also very good. The crab patty was white and not overly breaded. It was great sandwich that we would recommend to anyone who visits the restaurant.

      Last came the "Low and Slow" Pulled Pork sandwich with honey chipotle bbq, cole slaw, and cheddar cheese with a side of fries. The bbq sauce had a small kick that hit you at the back of the throat but was not overpowering; this sauce makes you want to come back for more. The cole slaw on the sandwich was not overpowering and added a nice crunch. However, the star of this dish is by far the mountain of pulled pork served on a warm roll. The pork was obviously cooked slowly, it basically dissolved in our mouths when we bit into it. The fries were crunchy, even after being mixed with the juices from the pulled pork. This plate of food hit all the right notes!

     Overall, The Paramount was a great dinning experience. There was no wait at 7:00pm on a Saturday night, the service was fast, and the waiter was very knowledgeable. We would recommend this restaurant any couple looking for an intimate, budget friendly restaurant.

For The Paramount's full menu go to

"Made to Order" Guacamole 

Crab Cake BLT with Sweet Potato Fries

"Low and Slow" Pulled Pork Sandwich 

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