Naughty Nuri’s: Good Sauce Is All You Need 

Finally I made it to Bali’s famed grilled meat joint, Naughty Nuri’s, in Capitol Piazza and boy do I have a lot to say about it! Before landing on our equally sunny shores, I know friends who flew to Bali JUST to eat at Naughty Nuri’s. Can you believe it? I heard them rave about it for months on end yet somehow it took me months after it opened in Singapore to visit. Life happened.

Armed with five colleagues/ foodie buddies, we head to Capitol on a weekday where parking is free during lunch time. Woohoo! We ordered up a storm including a lot of the legendary ribs. They were craving-inducing! 

The pièce de résistance and reason for NN and its hype is its Barbecue Pork Ribs ($19.80 for half, $36.80 for full rack). If you visit NN, and not order at least half a rack of its ribs, you are at the wrong place my friend.

Check out that glistening rack and the tender meat around the bone.

NN’s ribs were everything I dreamt about (for a rib). Drenched with sticky sweet-savoury heavily kechap manis flavoured sauce and fork-tender meat that effortlessly tore away from the bone as I sliced into it. This was never meant for the weak will-powered. You want to do this.

I pierced my fork into a piece of rib, moped around the plate for more kechap manis sauce, popped it into my mouth, and pure joy ensued. Oh my god, that sauce is goooodddd. Sure the pork rib wasn’t of the best quality but damn that sauce! A full rack for 6 of us, despite other dishes ordered, was not enough. I dream now of returning to NN with a good carnivorous boy, order just a full rack with two mugs of beer then proceed to spend the whole evening with him ravenously gobbling up the porky babies. A girl can dream. 

Equally as good was the Indo Crack Chicken (S$14.80++) which made me regret resisting to order it in the first place because it was so.damn.good too. A handsome whole boneless chicken thigh with blistered skin was accompanied by French fries and salad. The bird’s juiciness and ease, when slicing into, was unavoidable. Don’t forget to order this.

Kudos to NN for realizing that despite our accessibility to eat the finest food, at the end of the day, Singaporeans still want instant noodles. In the case of my Mum, it’s her dream food. Welcome NN’s Maggi Me Goreng (S$12.80++) to Singapore. This splendid ingredient-packed fried noodles was accompanied with no less than five sides; serious bang for the buck for $12.80++. The sides didn’t fare too badly either.

Who comes to a NN and order a Wagyu Steak (S$23.50++)?! We did. This was not bad for the price. But again, you wouldn’t come to a BBQ pork ribs joint and waste your calories on this.

Unfortunately the two appetizers at NN failed to whet our appetites. This Indon Buffalo Drumlets (S$7.80++) was deep-fried to the bone but was saved, barely, by the delicious sweet sour chilli glaze!

The Crispy Pig Ears ($6.80++) was tiny strips of fried bits that I will be very surprised if real pig’s ears were used. Those at Pizzeria Mozza were much better.  

At NN, skip the appetizers and frills, and head straight for the grilled meat. You won’t regret it. Now I just need to get my hands on the recipe of that sick rib sauce for my own BBQ!

Naughty Nuri’s
15 Stamford Road, #01-84, Capitol Singapore, Singapore 178884 (City Hall MRT)
Opening Hours: 11am – 11pm (Mon – Thurs), 11am – 12am (Fri – Sat)

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