Diablo Dish: New Cambodian Eats in Oakland
Starbucks is opening yet another Walnut Creek location; Rooftop’s special wine dinner; The Restaurant at Wente is rolling out new sweet treats; Copper Spoon Cocktails and Kitchen now open for lunch; and more Dish.
Nyum Bai Brings Cambodian Menu to Oakland
It’s been a rapid rise for Nite Yun—who was born in a refugee camp in Thailand after her parents fled Cambodia—as the young chef has opened her brick-and-mortar restaurant, Nyum Bai, near the Fruitvale BART station.
Yun started out in San Francisco’s La Cocina incubator program in 2014, and then quickly moved on to weekly Cambodian noodle pop-ups. At the end of 2017, she completed a yearlong stint in a kiosk in Public Market Emeryville, and now, she has a full-blown restaurant.
Nyum Bai—which is an expression meaning “let’s eat!” in Cambodian and is often used as a greeting—will focus on traditional Cambodian dishes such as ngoum banana salad (banana blossoms and cabbage tossed with mint, laksa leaves, sweet basil, and cucumbers in a sweet lime dressing), koh (caramelized pork belly with hardboiled egg and daikon), and kuy teav Phnom Penh (Yun’s signature pork noodle soup).
Starbucks Makes It Easier to Get that Grande Quad Nonfat One-Pump Mocha
One might think 12 Starbucks in the city of Walnut Creek would be plenty, but the worldwide empire is going for number 13.
Soon, you will be able to get that triple venti soy no-foam latte at the corner of Mt. Diablo Boulevard and Locust Street (the space currently occupied by the Vitamin Shoppe).
Or, maybe we should go for that venti iced skinny hazelnut macchiato with sugar-free syrup, an extra shot, light ice, and no whip. Decisions, decisions.
Walnut Creek’s Rooftop Hosts a Special Wine Dinner
Though sports fans are immediately familiar with the smooth voice and perfect cadence of Jim Nantz—he’s announced Super Bowls, the Masters, and is a five-time National Sportscaster of the Year award winner—few know that one of his primary passions is wine and that he founded The Calling winery in Healdsburg.
Those who want to sample his wines and discuss the oenophile details with vintner James MacPhail can do so during a special Vintner Wine Dinner at Walnut Creek’s Rooftop Restaurant and Bar on March 15. The four-course meal costs $90—which includes a wine pairing, of course—and is the first of a planned series of winemaker dinners.
Dessert Gets More Delicious at Wente
The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards has added executive pastry chef Kayleigh Guyon to its team, and she will collaborate with master gardener Diane Dovholuk to craft desserts that highlight ingredients from Wente’s organic garden.
Look for dishes like lemon semifreddo, mascarpone cheesecake, coriander meringue, and buttermilk and cardamom panna cotta on the menu—and that’s just the start. You may just have to go back several times to make sure you cover all the bases …
Copper Spoon Now a Lunch Option in Temescal
Oakland’s bustling Temescal district is full of dining choices, but one of the new favorites—Copper Spoon Cocktails and Kitchen on Broadway—is now offering lunch.
Of course, there’s a kale dish (it’s a state law, we’re pretty sure), but there’s also a salmon melt and chicken bone broth. And those who are ready to relax can enjoy the top-shelf cocktail options at the bar.