Nyum Bai, a Cambodian restaurant from La Cocina food incubator alum Nite Yun, has grown up fast, graduating from a pop-up at Gashead Tavern to a stall at Emeryville’s Public Market to — starting February 17 — a brick-and-mortar business in Fruitvale, Oakland. Yun says her new restaurant space, formerly the Half Orange, will channel the Cambodia of the ’50s and ‘60s, with bright interiors from Bay Area designer Renee La’doza and muralist Erik Otto.
The name Nyum Bai translates directly to “eat rice,” but more generally can be taken as an invocation like “let’s eat.” And along with the added space comes a fuller menu of the street-food inspired dishes for which Yun has already gained a following, like her Kuy Teav Phnom Penhm, a rice noodle soup with sliced beef, minced pork, shrimp, crispy garlic, and fresh herbs. Have a look below at the whole list of lunch and dinner options.
When Nyum Bai arrives at 3340 E 12th St Ste 11, daily business hours will be 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., closed Tuesdays. Yun’s restaurant will be the second area business with ties to La Cocina: Reem’s California, from namesake Reem Assil, opened in May 2017 in the Fruitvale Transit Village.