After running last week’s piece about NYUM BAI opening in The Half Orange space in Fruitvale, I was able to connect with chef-owner Nite Yun for more details. She said she’s going to be offering a bigger Cambodian menu than at her Public Market Emeryville stand, with one-plate lunches and noodle soups, and for dinner, there will be a family-style spread of dishes. There are also plans to offer breakfast through the takeout window, like porridge, buns, and sticky rice in banana leaves, plus desserts, coffee, and tea. She is renovating the dining area to have a clean and modern look, while integrating her nostalgia for ’60s-’70s Cambodian music and design; she is hoping to open in early January 2018. If the timing is right, it will be just as her lease ends at Public Market Emeryville. Thanks to La Cocina for helping her secure this new location! 3340 E. 12th St., Suite 11, at 34th Ave., Oakland.
In a surprise piece of news, and just when the Juhu cookbook is coming out, ~JUHU BEACH CLUB~’s Temescal location (and liquor license) are up for sale. Chef-owner Preeti Mistry and her wife Ann Nadeau assured Eater that Juhu isn’t going away, but will be reappearing in another format. Stand by for what this all means, and when it’s officially closing, and in the meantime, you can grab one of their Indian pizzas and tikka mac and cheese at their new Navi Kitchen in Emeryville.
And the East Bay gets all the chicken rice right now. Coming soon from James Syhabout is HAWKING BIRD, a fast-casual spot centered around chicken that will include his popular khao mun gai/Hainan chicken rice (poached chicken served with rice and broth, with plenty of chicken fat in the mix), plus other dishes. Hawking Bird will be opening in the Blackwater Station space in Temescal. Don’t expect a new Hawker Fare (RIP), but there’s a full liquor license, so one can hope for a lively spot. He takes possession of the space October 1st. 4901 Telegraph Ave. at 49th St., Oakland. [Via Scoop.]
Now open in Berkeley is SHIHLIN TAIWAN STREET SNACKS, an international chain offering classic street food dishes like ji pai (a monster-sized deep-fried chicken cutlet), oyster mee sua (oyster vermicelli soup), and some meat and rice combos. East Bay Express also reports there will be a number of Taiwanese drinks like lemon aiyu jelly and Taiwanese root beer. Open daily 11:30am-9pm. 2521 Durant Ave. at Bowditch, Berkeley, 510-529-4166.
The colorful interior at Juhu Beach Club. Photo: © tablehopper.com.