Bali’s famous Naughty Nuri’s finally hit the shores of Singapore on January 2016, its third outlet outside Bali after Kuala Lumpur and Penang. The pork-ribs were as good as ever. The dessert menu here is pretty disappointing, and never approached the heights of creativity seen in its original Bali and Kuala Lumpur outlets.
- St Louis Half-Rack Pork-rib - melt-in-the-mouth tender, and as good as any in Singapore. The spicy sambal dip complemented the ribs perfectly:
- Crispy pig’s ears, with spicy curry powder - pretty good with a squeeze of lime. Most Singaporeans are more familiar with Chinese-style braised pig’s ears, slippery-soft and cartilaginous, either served on its own, or part of a spicy salad. Having them fried crisp is something of a novelty here. Didn’t quite like a curry powder dusting, though - definitely not Balinese, or any Asian style.
- Beef rendang - slow-cooked beef short-ribs in spiced coconut curry. Pretty unusual form of rendang - more like a Western-style stew than any Indonesian regional variant. I liked the texture of the beef-ribs, but don’t think I’d come back for this.
- Ayam masak merah - definitely a Singaporean addition to the menu. It was much better than the beef rendang, but still don’t taste very authentic. What happened to the spicing? I suspect the three-month-old outlet has tweaked its cooking to suit Singaporean tastes.
- Maggi Mee Goreng - fried Maggi noodles, charred pork, prawns, keropok, sunny-side-up fried egg, pork satays. Yet another Singapore-centric offering - I’d suggest giving this sad, mushy rendition a miss and try the Nasi Goreng next time.
Naughty Nuri’s Singapore
15 Stamford Road, #01-84
Singapore 178884 (City Hall MRT)
Open: 11am -11pm (Mon- Thurs), 11am- 12am (Fri – Sat). For dinner, full service only starts at 5.30pm