A couple of km outside of the relative hustle and bustle of Ubud’s centre is a side of the road shack or “warung” with a flaming grill front and centre.
This grill emanates smells so mouth-watering, it attracts locals, tourists, dogs and the occasional celebrity to sample the BBQ, charcoal coated meaty fare, every night until they are sold out.
Naughty Nuri’s is an institution in Ubud that I’ve visited on every trip and it’s pleasing to see it’s grown into other locations around Bali and even the world but has remained relatively unchanged over the years.
For some people, Nuri’s might look a little low end for their taste. It’s definitely not a fancy affair. With its side of the road grill belching plumes of smoke onto the patrons, who eat from plastic plates filled with saucy meats. The large range of condiments are unceremoniously housed in an assortment of squeezy bottles and the silverware is most definitely not.
But Nuri’s is charming, and it’s relatively cheap (though still affords a tourist price-hike), and there’s a big reason it’s so popular.
Nuri’s is famous for it’s BBQ pork ribs and of all things… martini’s.
The pork ribs are boiled for long enough to become supremely tender, in what I can only assume to be a magic crack BBQ sauce as they are so addictive. Then they are thrust into a vat of black BBQ goo before being thrust open the open flames to cook off to perfection.
I shit you not, writing this is making me break out in sweats wanting a fix.
There are plenty of other meats on the menu (the satay sticks rate a mention) and a few salads, but truly the ribs are where it’s at. Juicy and tender, they aren’t the most traditional of Indonesian, but they aren’t really traditional BBQ either. They fit somewhere in the middle and for the modest price and surroundings, it all adds up to be something special.
The only problem with going to Nuri’s? I keep needing to go back, not just for the taste but to take a torch to get a better photo of the place. So apologies for the shitty pictures. I’ll just keep trying or maybe go in the daytime next time.