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Nyum Bai’s Colorful Fruitvale Restaurant Brings Cambodian Flavor to the Bay Area

The design includes personal details connecting Cambodia to Oakland

Wallpaper at Nyum Bai

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.

Erik Otto’s mural inside Nyum Bai
Patricia Chang

Kuy Teav Cha: stir fried rice noodles
Chicken wings at Nyum Bai
Ginger fried chicken
Rice noodle soup at Nyum Bai
Kuy Teav Phnom Penh: rice noodle soup with thinly sliced beef, minced pork and shrimp
Bathroom wallpaper depicting Cambodian singers and Oakland icons

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.

The patio at Nyum Bai

Nyum Bai is now open everyday except Tuesdays from 11:00am - 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.- 9 p.m.

Nyum Bai

3340 East 12th Street, , CA 94601 (510) 500-3338 Visit Website

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