So, Naughty Nuri’s Kuala Lumpur is officially open for business. In fact, we were recently invited to the outlet in Sri Hartamas to meet and speak with Naughty Nuri’s founder, Ibu Nuri, The mastermind chef took us on a quick stroll down memory lane, spoke fondly of the history of the Naughty Nuri’s brand, and spilled the deets on her decision to expand the business to Malaysia in an exclusive interview with us.
Obviously, for us, there was one other thing left to do – to put Naughty Nuri’s Kuala Lumpur to the test! We hope that this post will answer a lot of burning questions about the KL outlet e.g. Is it as good as the best-loved one in Ubud? How’s the service? Will the menu be different to that of the one in Ubud? Is it expensive? Does Naughty Nuri’s Kuala Lumpur look nice? How crowded does it get?
First of all, we love the little touches the mastermind behind Naughty Nuri’s Kuala Lumpur, Peter Khor, added to the restaurant’s interior, from the beautiful wall art and murals to the slightly hipster furniture, and even right down to the sprawling bar. The fact that there’s a semi al-fresco dining area also scored big brownie points with us because it added to the lively atmosphere.
After all, they do need some sort of an open-air concept if the restaurant’s crew is going to be barbecuing Naughty Nuri’s signature ribs all errday, no?
Omg their signature ribs! No filter for full effect. This is the real deal at #NaughtyNurisKL, you guys ☺ A photo posted by Hype Malaysia (@hypemy) on
More importantly, are their signature ribs as good as the one in Ubud? To be honest, Naughty Nuri’s Kuala Lumpur’s signature ribs dish was different, but not in the bad way. We found the delectable ribs slighter sweeter than what you’d be able to find at the original Naughty Nuri’s in Ubud. The meat also peels right off the bones without much effort and it does melt in your mouth. It’s good to keep in mind that (based on an educated guess) the signature ribs might vary from that of Ubud’s simply because of the different source of meat i.e. getting product from Malaysia vs. getting product from Indonesia.
Priced at RM39, one serving is good enough for 2 – 3 small eaters but you’re not limited to only one order, of course, so feel free to order more as and when necessary. There are other more localised items on the Naughty Nuri’s Kuala Lumpur menu, of course, such as their spam fries (RM18), Indonesian style Mee Goreng (RM18), and fried rice. But we didn’t try those as we were prioritising the signature items above everything else.
On that note, we gulped down a few servings of Naughty Nuri’s signature mojito too while we were there. We went straight for the classic mojito (RM20 odd), which came with an interesting garnishing of mint leaves and a slice of lime sitting on a bed of shaved ice. It’s perfect to offset the stickiness and sweetness of their signature ribs so you might want to order seconds or thirds!
Needless to say, we went for seconds.
It also helped that the service at Naughty Nuri’s Kuala Lumpur was good although it could be because we were there early on a Monday night. Not sure how it goes down on weekends but it helps that the servers were friendly and attentive. To ensure you get a table on busier nights, do call them up to make a reservation and avoid being disappointed. Also, don’t forget to grab some official Naughty Nuri’s Kuala Lumpur merchandise when you’re there! We’re especially loving their super cute tote bags 😉
Naughty Nuri’s Kuala Lumpur is located at Jalan 24/70a, Desa Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur. For more information, hit up Naughty Nuri’s Kuala Lumpur’s Facebook page.
Penangites, don’t be disheartened! Your epicurean heaven has also been made complete with a Naughty Nuri’s outlet in Penang as well. If you haven’t been, well, what are you waiting for? Deets here.