February 12, 2016
Well-known Naughty Nuri's Opens At Singapore's Capitol Piazza! Best Pork Ribs In Town?
Naughty Nuri's, the popular grill house from Ubud (a small town in Indonesia's Bali) with over 10 locations in Asia, has finally made its way onto our shores!
For the uninitiated, Naughty Nuri's is said to serve one of the best BBQ pork ribs in Bali, well-known for their "wicked ribs" and "killer martinis". Most visitors to Bali would not give this supposedly pork ribs lovers' paradise a miss.
We all love to get naughty, don't we? :p
So it was with much anticipation as we made our way to Capital Piazza where the Singapore branch is located.
Taking over the space vacated by short-lived Zaku (a Japanese sumiyaki restaurant) next to Dazzling Café, Naughty Nuri's Singapore is very much a contemporary restaurant, rather than the "warung" type of eatery commonly seen in Bali.
Its menu offers a modern take on traditional Indonesian cuisine, with a selection of small plates such as Indon Buffalo Drumlets ($7.80), Paprika Crispy Baby Calamari ($6.80), and Crispy Pig Ears ($6.80) that's suitable for sharing, as well as hearty mains including Iberico Pork Chop ($20.50), Naughty Nuri's Cheese Burger ($16.50), Nasi Goreng ($11.80), and Beef Rendang ($9.80).
There are also set meals suitable for 2 to 3 persons, combining half a rack of pork ribs with some of the earlier mentioned items into an Indonesian ($79.80) or "Western" Pig Out ($84.90).
First thing first, let's get the Pork Ribs (half rack $18.80 / full rack $35.80) into our mouths without further ado!
Marinated in Balinese spices and glazed on charcoal, the ribs certainly looked highly appetite whetting in a coat of glistening dark BBQ sauce! It was the sticky, sweet and savory kind somewhat like kecap manis, and rather delightful in taste.
Being tender in texture, the meat fell off the bones easily and gave a pleasant bite. My suggestion would be to squeeze some lime juice over and add a bit of shiok spicy chilli (from the condiment bottle at the side of the table) to cut through the richness of the ribs.
Naughty Nuri's pork ribs ranks as one of better ones I've tasted in Singapore, but the experience wasn't as delicious as the one I had in my previous Bali trip.
(Read: Warung Wahaha ~ Is This The Best Pork Ribs In Bali?)
Though I'm a huge fan of chicken wings, the Soy Glazed Chicken Wings ($9.80) was an unfortunate riot of "too-much-going-on", being stuffed with chorizo, shishito peppers and cheddar cheese. It came across as overall too salty in taste to elicit any liking.
We ordered the Maggie Mee Goreng ($11.80) as well because it sounded promising, but it failed to impress us with overly soft noodles that tasted like it was simply tossed in seasoning (instead of being fried) and lacking of any wok hei fragrance. Thankfully, as the dish was fiery hot and spicy, it lifted the palatable level by a little. The accompanying pork skewers were succulent and nicely charred.
The recommended Naughty Nuri's Cheese Burger ($16.50) with grounded striploin, bacon, and cheddar in sweet mustard ketchup could perhaps do with a firmer, better-marinated patty, and fluffier bun, but still decent otherwise. Can eat lah.
There are only two choices for desserts, so it is either Mango Mousse ($8.80) with lychee granita, pomelo and lime, or Gula Melaka Creme Brulee ($8.80) with homemade soft coconut ice cream and berries.
We decided on the latter which was decently executed with smooth custard topped with a well-caramelized crust.. but wait... where are the berries?
Hits and misses, but with reasonably okay food quality and wallet-friendly price point, I imagine this place to become a popular joint for friends and families to gather over some pork ribs soon.
May the pork (ribs) be with you.
Naughty Nuri's Singapore
Address: 15 Stamford Road, #01-84, Capitol Piazza, Singapore 178906
Contact: +65 6384 7966
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 11.30am-11pm
Prices stated are in Singapore dollars and subject to 10% service charge and 7% GST.