Without restaurants, the only way to taste the flavors of another country would be to lick the planes at an international airport. Expand your horizons with today’s Groupon: for $34, you get a prix fixe dinner for two at The Fiddler, open Thursday–Sunday, in West Bloomfield (up to a $69.80 value). The dinner includes the following:
- Two cups of borscht (a $7 value)
- Russian summer salad (a $7.95 value)
- Pierogies (a $7.95 value)
- Two entrees (up to a $38.90 value), with a choice of:
- Pozharski cutlets
- Chicken tabaka
- Half order of lamb chops<p>
- Two Napoleon Fiddler desserts (a $9 value)
The Fiddler’s modern Russian cuisine launches taste buds on culinary journeys, complete with light, fresh ingredients, traditionally garbed waiters, and the soothing strains of live music. As live music plays on Friday and Saturday nights, guests dine on cups of steaming, beet-based borscht, a russian summer salad, and golden-baked pierogies revealing a stuffing of ground beef. Forks then dig into entrees such as chicken tabaka, a succulent, flattened whole cornish game hen brushed with garlic and dill and sautéed to a crisp, or pozharski cutlets. Before meals finish with tag-team portions of Napoleon Fiddler, a house-created seven-layer cake served with vanilla cream, diners can request that the eatery’s live musicians serenade them with their favorite classical piece, pop song, or nursery rhyme.
The Fiddler’s doors only open Thursday–Sunday, but when they do, they send the smell of home-cooked Russian cuisine wafting far afield. There, you’ll find dollops of sour cream dissolving into bowls of borscht and cucumber slices circling a mound of tomatoes, dill, and red onions to form Russian summer salads. The rest of the menu reflects the vastness of the Eurasian nation, with tender morsels of lamb glistening in garlic and parsley marinade and sauteed whole cornish hens joining Turkish and Mediterranean dishes such as kebobs and sweet and savory blintzes. For dessert, guests can browse from a selection of sweets that includes the seven-layer Napolean Fiddler cake. The Fiddler hosts live music on Friday and Saturday night, occasionally welcoming the festive and folksy sounds of a live fiddler.