Naughty Nuri's: From Bali with swank

Two popular restaurants from Bali have set up shop here and one more is in the works.
Two popular restaurants from Bali have set up shop here and one more is in the works.
Indonesian restaurant chain Bebek Tepi Sawah, renowned for serving Balinese dishes such as deep-fried duck, opened in Chijmes yesterday.
Indonesian restaurant chain Bebek Tepi Sawah, renowned for serving Balinese dishes such as deep-fried duck, opened in Chijmes yesterday.
That was why it was a natural choice to set up another outlet in Singapore.
That was why it was a natural choice to set up another outlet in Singapore.
Ms Adiwibowo is banking on the brand's niche in Balinese cuisine to stand out from other Indonesian restaurants here.
Ms Adiwibowo is banking on the brand's niche in Balinese cuisine to stand out from other Indonesian restaurants here.
Expect luscious racks of barbecued pork ribs and martinis to be shaken in front of you when Naughty Nuri's Singapore opens.
Expect luscious racks of barbecued pork ribs and martinis to be shaken in front of you when Naughty Nuri's Singapore opens.
The local offshoot of the famed Naughty Nuri's Warung And Grill in Ubud, Bali, is opened by lifestyle group Massive Collective, which owns clubs, bars and restaurants here.
The local offshoot of the famed Naughty Nuri's Warung And Grill in Ubud, Bali, is opened by lifestyle group Massive Collective, which owns clubs, bars and restaurants here.
While the menu is still in the works, Mr Phillip Poon, the group's director, says it will have a mix of Western and Indonesian dishes, such as salads and burgers.
While the menu is still in the works, Mr Phillip Poon, the group's director, says it will have a mix of Western and Indonesian dishes, such as salads and burgers.
Mr Poon says: "The casual and sexy concept of Naughty Nuri's fits with the group's concept of restaurants, bars and clubs."
Mr Poon says: "The casual and sexy concept of Naughty Nuri's fits with the group's concept of restaurants, bars and clubs."
The modest roadside barbecue stall, housed in a wooden shack in Ubud, has since grown into a franchise with eight outlets in Indonesia, Malaysia and Macau.
The modest roadside barbecue stall, housed in a wooden shack in Ubud, has since grown into a franchise with eight outlets in Indonesia, Malaysia and Macau.
Set up by local restaurateur Min Chan, 32, and Mr Elliott Decker, 32, co-owner of Smokehouse BBQ in Bali, the casual eatery seats 45 and is due to open later in October.
Set up by local restaurateur Min Chan, 32, and Mr Elliott Decker, 32, co-owner of Smokehouse BBQ in Bali, the casual eatery seats 45 and is due to open later in October.
The menu does not stray too far from Smokehouse's, which focuses on Texas-style barbecue.
The menu does not stray too far from Smokehouse's, which focuses on Texas-style barbecue.
It consists of meats such as beef brisket, spare ribs, pulled pork, sausages and turkey breasts, which are slow-smoked for up to 16 hours.
It consists of meats such as beef brisket, spare ribs, pulled pork, sausages and turkey breasts, which are slow-smoked for up to 16 hours.
Smokehouse BBQ in Bali, which opened in December last year, is founded by Mr Decker and his high school buddy, Mr Jesse King, 31.
Smokehouse BBQ in Bali, which opened in December last year, is founded by Mr Decker and his high school buddy, Mr Jesse King, 31.
On what gives Decker Barbecue an edge over other smokehouses, Mr Decker says it is the use of a wood-fired smoker.
On what gives Decker Barbecue an edge over other smokehouses, Mr Decker says it is the use of a wood-fired smoker.

SINGAPORE - (THE NEW PAPER) Naughty Nuri's - one of the most popular restaurants in Ubud, Bali - has made its way to Singapore and abandoned its roadside roots.

It opened its first Singapore outlet in the swanky Capitol Piazza. It is a place to chill at in Bali, but it is a place to be seen at here.

The menu is divided into three sections: Shared small plates, its signature grills and an extensive cocktail programme from renowned mixologist Ricky Paiva.

The food is authentic, although you will find food as good - and cheaper - from the many Indonesian restaurants we have.

But I do not think the people come here especially for the food. The clientele seems to be made up of many expatriates and I imagine those who want to mingle with them will like it here. The more-than-decent food is just a bonus.

FAVOURITE
My favourite item is the Crispy Pig Ears ($6.80). Seasoned simply with curry powder and salt, it makes a great bar snack. Squeeze the lime over it for extra kick.

SPICY FLAVOURS


Sambal Prawns Petai ($11.80). PHOTO: YEOH WEE TECK

The Sambal Prawns Petai ($11.80) is very good. The sambal is spicy, but full of flavour. It even overwhelms the petai (stink bean). The dash of coconut cream balances it out.

TENDER


Lemak Chilli Party ($6.80). PHOTO: YEOH WEE TECK

The turmeric gravy is the reason the Lemak Chilli Party ($6.80) is great. It needs to be on everything. The plus? The chicken thigh is very tender.

DECENT


Burnt Squid ($8.80). PHOTO: YEOH WEE TECK

The Burnt Squid ($8.80) was recommended, but I have tasted better. The red pepper sauce is decent, but not memorable.

STAR ITEM


Ribs ($18.80, half rack). PHOTO: YEOH WEE TECK

Their star item, Ribs ($18.80, half rack), is fine, but not spectacular. I wish there was more smokiness and consistency. There were parts too tender, and parts too tough.

WHAT: Naughty Nuri's

WHERE: #01-84 Capitol Singapore

WHEN: Weekdays: 11.30am to 2.30pm and 5.30pm to 11pm Weekends and public holidays: 11.30am-11pm

CALL: 6384-7966

weeteck@sph.com.sg


This article was first published on March 16, 2016.
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