Take a taste adventure at Arike, Vancouver’s newest Nigerian restaurant
Arike only opened at the end of March, but it has become a staple restaurant for those craving delicious Nigerian cuisine. If you’ve not had the opportunity to even try Nigerian in the first place, then let Arike be your introduction.
Arike is named after the chef Sam Olayinka’s grandmother. He and the other chef, Mike, decided to start up Arike while they were studying together at culinary school.
And from humble beginnings, a star is born. Arike offers incredible dishes that blend Nigerian roots with Pacific Northwest ingredients. So, you get all the flavours, spices and herbs of West Africa, with the fresh meats and produce of BC.
Start your meal off with one of the most interesting appetizers in the city, the Braised Goat Spoon. The spicy bite features pepper sauce, crumbled peanut and a slice of pickled onion.
Then, try out Arike’s staple dish- fried jollof rice. A flavourful tomato and onion rice base is complemented by either prawns or marinated strip loin. Personally, we like the beef option.
Finally, finish your meal with a scoop of milo ice cream, topped with peanuts and caramel and served with a whipped pumpkin seed sauce.
Nice! Now you know what to get the first time you try out Arike. Of course, you’ll find yourself going back there as often as possible to check out the rest of the menu.
Hours: Sunday to Thursday, 5:30PM-10: 30 PM and Friday/Saturday, 5:30PM-12AM
Where: 1725 Davie Street
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published under the assumption that Arike was Ethiopian cuisine when in actuality it is Nigerian. We humbly apologize for the misunderstanding, and will strive to properly check our information prior to publishing in the future, especially when covering cuisines that are not already prominent in the city.