A Nigerian-inspired restaurant called Arike is gearing up to open this month in Vancouver.
The eatery, located at 1725 Davie Street, is named after head chef Sam Olayinka’s grandmother.
Arike is aiming to open March 15, and once it does patrons will be in for a treat.
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The new eatery will be replacing Italian restaurant Grotto in the 1693-sq. ft. basement-level space in the West End.
The new spot will have 44 seats inside along with a 16-seat patio, where it will offer patrons Olayinka’s take on Nigerian-Canadian cuisine, inspired by his father’s recipes from Nigeria and products and ingredients from the Pacific Northwest.
Dishes will feature house-made rubs and spice mixes made from Nigerian peppers and seasonings, along with an array of other products that will be created by the Arike team.
Think house-smoked and cured meats, pickled veg, and housemade flavoured vinegar, emulsions, sauces, oils, vinaigrettes, compound butter, cheese, and even ice cream.
Arike will focus on seasonal dishes, which will pair with bar manager Roman Kardos’ high-quality cocktail program. The team here even went so far as to track down an ice machine that makes the “best gourmet ice cubes,” which can transform the way a cocktail is enjoyed.
The housemade goods don’t stop when it comes to the bar, either. Arike will make its own salts and bitters in some cases, always keeping the Nigerian influence in mind.
The atmosphere is set to be cozy, and with items like the one-pot dish Jollof rice on the menu, we expect the food to match the vibe at this exciting new concept once it opens to the public.
Address: 1725 Davie Street, Vancouver