If you try something new, you might really enjoy it, even if it's filling balloons with Hot Wheels and throwing them off a bridge to see if they'll float. Try some Ukrainian fare with today's Groupon to Roxolana Restaurant in Pasadena. Choose between the following options:
For $40, you get a two-course dinner for two (up to an $85.85 total value) that includes:
- One appetizer, crêpe, soup, or salad (up to a $15.95 value)
- Two entrees (up to a $20.95 value each)
- One bottle of Sovetskoe or Zardetto prosecco sparkling white wine (up to a $28 value)
For $75, you get a two-course dinner for four (up to a $169.70 total value) that includes:
- Two appetizers, crêpes, soups, or salads (up to a $15.95 value each)
- Four entrees (up to a $20.95 value each)
- One bottle of any wine (up to a $54 value)
Having molded the culinary innovations of father-son team Alex Balinsky and Igor Zagorodonyy into an upscale dining experience, Roxolana Restaurant's general manager extends the tasty tour of Ukrainian cuisine with regular, informative visits to the dining room. Guests can ready themselves for a rich meal of Eastern European delights, starting off with an appetizer such as deruny—potato pancakes with bacon and onions—or the genre-smashing Olivier salad, which scrambles red caviar, shrimp, and aioli with potatoes, beef, chicken fillet, and pickles.
Entrees include tender golubtsy, a cabbage stuffed with minced meat and rice, and vareniki, a Ukrainian take on ravioli served with a choice of fillings such as sour cherries, potato and mushroom, or molten lightning. The elegant, dimly lit eatery, which takes its name from the influential wife of Suleiman the Magnificent, provides a romantic mise-en-scène for sipping wine, from Eurasian imports such as Ijevan white and semisweet Georgian Khvanchkara to sparkling white Zardetto prosecco.
Like the woman from whom it takes its name, Roxolana Restaurant captures the imagination. An Ottoman empress in the 16th century, the Ukrainian-born Roxolana earned fame and adoration by rising from slave to sultan's wife, then to puddle of borscht. Her namesake restaurant evokes the olden days with a décor of traditional Ukrainian folk art such as rushnyk, or hand-embroidered towels, and oberig, or decorative wreaths.
Roxolana Restaurant's father-son team of Ukrainian chefs grill succulent meats, lace dishes with housemade spicy cayenne-tomato sauce, and whip up desserts such as red-wine mousse. They match their traditional dishes with barbecue ribs and light lunch fare. A generous selection of wines and beers refreshes throats parched from struggling to pronounce entree selections.
34 S Raymond Ave.
Pasadena, California 91105