Immediately outside of Liede Metro Station, stands the two-story Bistro Nimman Time – a Thai-inspired new arrival to Tianhe’s crowded dining scene. On the restaurant’s frontage, copious strings of yellow lighting illuminate its wide-open doorway and a rectangular tabletop built into the wall outside allows for pre-meal chitchat. Nearby, a large plush gorilla, a relic of the Zoo Coffee branch that once stood on the site, sits meditating, perhaps, on the inconstancy of life and the fickle tides of Guangzhou’s F&B fortunes, in silent reminiscence.
Nimman boasts a fresh, airy interior. Broad floral paintings grace the walls, leafy plants line the eaves and lush, verdant tones dominate the decor while a long table centers the bistro’s first floor space. There’s also a small bar by the counter serving up Bloody Marys, margaritas and the like.
The kitchen, meanwhile, serves composite Western dishes jazzed up with Southeast Asian flavorings, which tend towards spicy and sour. Think spaghetti in laksa soup (RMB58) or tom yum flavor seafood risotto (RMB58), with fried shrimp, squid, mussels and clams mixed with lemongrass and roasted onions.
There’s also a Thai-style beef and pomelo salad (RMB58), a zesty concoction of roast beef, pomelo, lettuce, beets, fried coconut slices and nut fragments, the flavor of which is elevated by a tart secret sauce. A no-nonsense selection of mains is also on offer, among which the grilled angus rib steak (RMB88) stands out. Early birds might also opt for some of Nimman's brunch options.
On the drinks menu, in addition to the usual suspects, several tempting frappuccinos make an appearance – just in time for the coming April heat.
Who’s going: CBD dwellers
Good for: tangy fusion, appetizing beef and pomelo salad
Nearest metro: Liede (Exit B), 5 seconds
Open daily, 9am-11pm; see listing for Bistro Nimman Time.