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.
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.
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.
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.
The Burnt Squid ($8.80) was recommended, but I have tasted better. The red pepper sauce is decent, but not memorable.
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
This article was first published on March 16, 2016.
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