Naughty Nuri’s Warung
Naughty Nuri’s has done incredibly well to stand out from the thousands of roadside warungs and more expensive eateries in Bali, including numerous write-ups in popular guidebooks and mainstream media.
The modest restaurant has become so popular that its clientele, comprising mostly tourists, have made Naughty Nuri’s a must-stop during their travels through the artist town of Ubud, about a 1.5 hour drive from the tourist hotspot of Kuta.
Part of Naughty Nuri’s appeal is its barbecued ribs. The restaurant owns but one grill, outside on the street. For the number of customers it serves a day, the grill is surprisingly small, only slightly bigger than the large metal basin of barbecue sauce next to it, in which the ribs are dunked. The ribs are then served without frills, save for a slice of lime.
While this might look oddly minimalist at first, it is soon obvious why–the generous slab of ribs doesn’t need the accompanying cabbage or tomato garnish; it can hold its own. The ribs are tender and juicy and the sauce is a clear winner — at once both sweet and peppery. Whether the ribs can stand up to standards set by more established barbecue restaurants around the world is unlikely, but it hits a sweet spot for those who want a little Western cuisine to mix up the typical Balinese diet of rice and noodles.
But perhaps the star of the show and possibly the “naughtiest” thing on the menu is the martini. No less than American celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain has vouched for the Naughty Nuri’s versions, calling them “the best martinis in the world” in the Naughty Nuri’s guestbook.
The martinis, which are shaken in front of guests, are ice cold and pack a serious punch. They are so strong that “persons naughty enough to drink 4 or more per visit will be inducted to the ‘Naughty Drinkers Hall of Infamy,’” according to Naughty Nuri’s website.
It’s hard to believe anyone could drink more than two in one sitting. At first sip, the house martini tastes almost entirely of alcohol. But like any good cocktail, the drink shows off its complex flavors with every subsequent sip and soon leaves the drinker wanting more.
After closing time, Mr. Aldinger is often seen seated in his usual fashion among the few remaining (and tipsy) travelers, waving goodbye to slurring customers – though not without making sure they have a responsible ride home first.
Those who aren’t looking for a serious tipple or a rack of ribs should try the restaurant’s other western and Asian cuisines like nasi campur, sushi, pork chops and beef steaks, all written on a chalkboard menu, in typical Balinese “warung” style.
Naughty Nuri’s Warung Ubud: Jalan Raya Sanggingan, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia, (62) 0361 977 547