The renowned Naughty Nuri is finally here in JB! The brand is famous for its wicked ribs and brutal martinis. 😛 Started off as a small warung (street side food stall) in Ubud, Bali, Naughty Nuri’s gradually gained its reputation and has attracted many tourists ever since. Naughty Nuri’s has opened two outlets in KL and Penang respectively, where chefs had to undergo intensive training with its founder, Ibu Nuri to ensure that the quality of food is on par with the original stall in Bali. And I’m pretty sure the same goes for this new outlet in JB. 🙂
Located at the first corner lot of Jalan Serampang, the iconic red sign and red walls are definitely not hard to find.
Wow, I felt like I was in Bali all over again! Truly amazing for them to incorporate all these in their outlet…who doesn’t love to dine at a restaurant with great Balinese ambience!
And then you’ll be greeted by this pig statue, dressed up and all ready for Christmas! The staffs are all wearing this signature shirt with the words “Naughty Crew” at the back. Hmmm, the food is naughtier. 😉 We had to wait quite a while to be seated since it’s literally packed with people, and according to their Facebook, they don’t accept reservations anymore.
The background is so cute, “The Evolution of Man to Pig???”. If you notice, the colourful wooden chairs are all made from recycled materials. But it’s so heavy I couldn’t even lift up my chair. :O
They have a long stretch of bar area if you just want to have their dirty cocktails. On a side note, their bar stools are way too high…DO NOT GO NEAR IT IF YOU’RE BELOW 160CM. I witnessed some people, even a pregnant lady having trouble climbing up the stool, so the management should really consider this issue.
And if you’re tired of waiting, they have a pool table inside. 🙂 Okay, let’s move on to…
Naughty Nuri’s Famous Pork Ribs (RM45.00)
OMG. These ribs are so tender and succulent, with the right amount of smokiness and charred to perfection. It is also coated with a finger-licking BBQ sauce, not too pungent and artificial like the one that comes out of the bottle. I believe this slab of ribs lives up to Naughty Nuri’s standards, as this is definitely the best ribs in town, and almost similar to the ones I had in Australia. Come on…RM45 for a full slab of naughty, scrumptious ribs?? Where else in the world can you get this kind of deal? #onlyinMalaysia 😉
Crispy Bebek (RM42.00)
This is Naughty Nuri’s crispy duck, served with crackers and steamed rice. It is a traditional Balinese deep fried duck, a local delicacy in Ubud. I’ve never tried deep fried duck before so I have no idea that duck can be as crispy as a fried chicken.
If you’re in for some spicy kicks, the selection of sambal would do it. It went really well with the duck, and I can taste the Balinese spices in them, very different from our local sambal. But if your spiciness tolerance level is low like mine, don’t try to gulp down a mouthful of sambal, you’ll be on fire.
Balinese Ayam Taliwang (RM36.00)
This was another dish recommended by the waiter- Balinese marinated half spring chicken, which looks exactly like the duck dish above and tasted quite similar too, so you can just order either one actually. In fact, I had a hard time trying to differentiate between duck and chicken haha. Naughty Nuri’s understanding of spices is amazing, but what’s more admirable is their frying skills, it’s absolutely crispier than your normal fried chicken. 🙂 Hoping to try their Babi Guling one day (RM250 for one whole suckling pig) but one day preorder is required.
Devilicious Nachos (RM26.00)
Back to appetizer- crispy nachos topped with nachos paste, cherry tomato, mozzarella cheese and minced pork. This is the East Meets West version of nachos; the cheese and nachos paste were great obviously, but the bits of minced pork gave me an element of surprise. Devilicious? Checked.
Sweet Banana in Meat (RM19.00)
My favourite part of every meal. 🙂 When I saw their dessert selection, I was disappointed. They only serve ice cream, lemongrass pudding(which wasn’t available) and this. I was doubtful when I saw “Banana in Meat”, the thought of meat in a banana dessert was a major turn-off, so I kept interrogating the waiter about the meat they are referring to. He told us it’s not the normal meat, so I decided to go ahead with it…
And it was actually a fried banana in popiah/spring roll skin, served with strawberry sauce, vanilla ice cream AND A THIN SLICE OF MEAT! I’m not sure whether it’s visible in this picture but there really was a slice of meat sandwiched between the banana and the popiah skin. It tasted like bacon, and surprisingly wasn’t a turn-off at all. A sweet/savoury dessert, and a risk worth taking. 😀
Mocktails (RM11.00 each)
Left: Mette’s Bora (Pineapple Juice, Lemon & Lime with Soda)
Centre: Bali Sunset (Orange Juice, Lychee & Grenadine)
Right: Blue Star (Pineapple Juice, Blue Lagoon, Coconut & Milk)
Not a fan of dirty cocktails so we ordered mocktails instead! My favourite was the Bali Sunset, it’s packed full of tropical flavours. Blue Star apparently was popular according to the waiter but it just didn’t taste right at all.
I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at Naughty Nuri’s, what’s with the good ambience, greater food and fastest service (our food came 5 mins after ordering), leaving it as a must-visit restaurant in JB. 🙂
Naughty Nuri’s Warung Johor Bahru
1, Jalan Serampang, Taman Sri Tebrau, 80050 Johor Bahru
Tel: +607 330 5552
Mon to Sun: 5pm – 11.30pm