So, I've been angling to make a trip to Bali for babi guling, and my midnight Google-fest yielded a wonderful surprise just over a week ago. There's a new spot in Desa Sri Hartamas that has brought the warung to us! Now, babi guling isn't exactly there as yet, but there's something so much better, and more!
Nestled beside a spot still only known as "where Finnegan's used to be", you'll spot a shiny, new sign welcoming you to porcine paradise: Naughty Nuri's!
[In the Heart of Desa Sri Hartamas]
The decor itself is rather novel since it blends the chic restaurant atmosphere seamlessly with that of a roadside warung (albeit, a rather upscale one).
As you enter the cafe from the square in Desa, you are met with more of a traditional gastrobar.
But, enter from the back entrance and you hit their warung aspect full on. In essence, it's similar to what would be called a beer garden because it lacks the full-on street flair that you would expect in Bali. It's a more polished, clean version of it.
[Warung-ing It Up!]
Quite frankly, the decor is just an added bonus to the main attraction, which is undoubtedly the food. The moment you step into the outer seating area, you are met with the aroma of most delectably, taste bud tingly food you could imagine. You smell the ribs before you see them, and it's enough to make you sit through an hour and a half of finger-licking good ribs. Mind you, that's the time frame through which you're allowed to linger. As Naughty Nuri's doesn't take reservation except for the old, infirm, families with young children, or groups over 8, you will have to wrap up your rib obsession in a decent time frame. To be fair, and as tempting as it is not to want to share, others deserve a chance to get their hands on these utterly gorgeously concocted slabs of meat!
They are also becoming increasingly renown for their drinks as well. With the rustic bar situated right beside the freshly grilled ribs, you would be amazed by the selection the in-house mixologist has to offer.
[The Bar: Setting the Mixology Standard]
But first, back to the main attraction.
Quite frankly, you can smell the aroma of these ribs and you know they're going to be good...
And then, you look at them and you know you need them...
[A Portion of Ribs (RM 39)]
But tasting them is a whole other story that needs a chapter of its own.
While looking at this plate, you may think the price is a bit much, but you can't really put a price on quality. Naughty Nuri's is licensed from Indonesia itself, and this is the one recipe the kept true to source, so you know that when I tell you you're getting a plate of ribs you'll want to replace your own with, I'm not lying.
The ribs are served up with a slice of lime (which add flavour, but are wholly unnecessary because they are perfect on their own), and a thick, gooey, spicy sauce that complements it wonderfully (also unnecessary, but there's no such thing as too much of a good thing!).
[Accompaniment to the Ribs]
The test of how good ribs are, beyond the flavour, tends to be how easily it falls off the bone, and these are amazing! You could use your little finger and push the meat clean off the bone should you choose to, which means that they are a breeze to eat.
[No Resistance to be Had]
Let me put into perpsective how good these ribs are. I'm not generally a fan of ribs, and I particularly avoid eating with my hands. But these ribs...
I could eat them three meals a day, and lick my fingers clean of their goodness without a second thought! The predominant flavour in these is sweet, but in that gorgeous, savoury sort of way, like char siew. It's not even just the marinade, but the meat itself. It's fresh and sweet, as pork should be. There are a lot of other complex flavours going on, but the end product as a whole is truly greater than a sum of its parts. It needs nothing added to it. Just bring your appetite and some wet wipes!
I was even lucky enough to meet the chef!
[Chef Eddy Wong]
Chef Eddy trained in Germany for 2 years, and is a stickler for detail, so you just know you're getting the best person for the job with every plate!
[Clean off the Bone Sans Effort]
These are, quite frankly, the best ribs I have EVER had!
Why meeting the chef was so exciting is because the menu is incredibly extensive, and nothing we had fell below spectacular.
Meet, the humble mee goreng, done perfectly!
[Mee Goreng (RM 18)]
Not only is the portion on this very generous, the flavour is better than anything I've had in a long, long time.
The egg was lovely. It was slightly gooey, but not runny. Perfectly cooked and happiness-inducing.
[Chilli and Bawang Goreng]
Accompanied with the Indonesian staples of bawang goreng (fried shallots) and some red chilli, this dish was neither too oily not saturating, as it tends to be with most offerings. The noodles were nicely coated in a layer of oil just enough to keep them slurp-worthy, without the accompanying oil spill on the plate that you are most commonly met with. The flavour on this quintessentially amazing because you get the unmistakable hit of wok hei with it that only the most established hawker stalls have the ability to give you. I was beyond surprised by how good this was, and I would definitely go back for more of it.
The final dish we tried was the Sup Buntut, i.e. ox tail stew.
Not something I would have ordered of my own accord, but I was more than glad for the recommendation.
[2 Slices of Toasted Baguette]
[A Slab of Flavourful Meat]
Pinata came with me and he polished this off in no time. He was down with a cold at the time and couldn't get enough of it! I managed to sneak a few bites as well, and I was tempted to take it away from him, but I'm a nice person. The broth was thick and luxurious, without being too much. It was full of flavour, and there was a good portion of proper meat in there. Delicious, not just for the ill!
As I mentioned, Naughty Nuri's specialises in drinks as well, and they've diversified spectacularly on this front as well.
["Bunga Kantan" Lychee Mojito (RM 26)]
[Look at the huge lychee!]
The drinks were full of flavour, but you won't miss the fact that they aren't stingy with the alcohol here at Naughty Nuri's. My official designated drinker, the Pinata, was overjoyed with both the potency and flavour on the mojito. Refreshing, yet with a kick, it's a must-have!
However, if dinner and a show are what you're after, order the martini. They will shake it for you, in more than one way!
[Lychee Martini (RM 28)]
It's quite a sight to behold. An entire dance dedicated to the perfectly shaken martini!
[Shake, Shake, Shake that Martini!]
[Tambourines and Everything!]
[The Priceless Pour]
Pinata wholeheartedly enjoyed this as well. Tasting essentially like lychee infused vodka, it was quite the hit. Their drinks truly do warrant a trip to the restaurant if that's what you're after!
For porcine fans, there's even a corner of the restaurant dedicated to merchandising.
[Here piggy, piggy]
[Such a cute T-Shirt!]
You could even bypass the interior of the restaurant if you're drawn by the sweet aroma of the ribs, and pop right into the warong.
[I would laugh too if I were given the opportunity to live here!]
[Happy Piggy = Happy Arpita]
Naughty Nuri's kitchen is open from 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm for lunch, followed by 5:00 pm - 1:00 am for dinner. Their bar is perpetually open though, so you could always pop by for a cocktail or two in the afternoon. The best time to head over for food would be around 5 to 6 pm so that you don't clash with the dinner crowd.
As mentioned above, they don't take reservations for parties below 8 unless you are elderly, wheelchair bound or have small children, so be prepared for a bit of a wait that will be well worthwhile. Or, have kids!
Rest assured that another post on Naughty Nuri's will be posted up in due time because the menu is so extensive and appealing that I truly want everything!
More importantly, pop in because for the month of January, they will be offering you the chance to do some good. For every table of five or more persons, they will add RM 1 to the bill for each person (should you be agreeable), and the money will go to the flood victims in Kelantan to help them rebuild their lives. You are, of course, welcome to donate more, but this is a negligible amount per person that will go to doing some good!
Jalan Sri Hartamas 22, Kuala Lumpur
Opening Hours: Lunch: 12:00 - 3:00 pm; Dinner: 5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Bar: 12:00 nn - 1:00 am
Tel: 019-339 9611