Nyum Bai has officially opened its doors in Fruitvale, serving Cambodian dishes and ’60s-era rock music. This is the second iteration of the restaurant from chef/owner Nite Yun, who closed her kiosk in the Emeryville Public Market last year to move into a standalone location the former home of The Half Orange.
With an entire standalone space, Yun was able to infuse more personal details — in particular, the connection between Cambodia and Oakland. The bright interior is the work of Bay Area designer Renee La’doza and muralist Erik Otto, who constructed a multi-media installation of pink neon, blue slats, and paint.
One of the most unique components is hidden in the bathroom: Custom wallpaper designed by Oakland illustrator Ratha Nou. Inspired by A Tribe Called Quest album cover, the faces on the wallpaper are famous singers from the Golden Era of Cambodia, depicted alongside iconic Oakland landmarks like the Tribune Tower, and cranes.
There’s also a patio upon which to enjoy spicy bowls of Yun’s noodle soup, ginger fried chicken wings, beer, and wine in Oakland’s sunny weather. Check out the menu here.
Nyum Bai is now open everyday except Tuesdays from 11:00am - 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.- 9 p.m.