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Dec 21, 2014

Bali Travelogue: Naughty Nuri vs Iiga Warung (11 - 15 Jan 2014)

Being the land of majority Hindu, it is not hard to find some porky goodness in Bali. Naughty Nuri is one of the must have in Bali; Iiga Warung is another unexpected find recommended by our hired driver on our way back from Jimbaran to Seminyak.

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Juicy Pork Ribs in the Making
Located right in front of the Iiga Warung's main entrance was this grill section where staff was busy grilling ribs. Pleased we were at the sight of chunky pork ribs coated generously in sauce and we made up our mind, "Let's eat all the pork ribs!"

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Pork Ribs Served in Western Style
Now that we had made up our mind, it was not a tough choice to filter through the limited pork rib mains on the menu. We landed with pork ribs with slight variations of sides.

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Pork Ribs and Nasi Goreng 
Being our first pork ribs in Bali, we did not expect a random find would serve such good ribs. So tender was the meat that it literally fell off the bone with a little nudge. Albeit a little skinny (than what we saw at the grill), it was packed with flavours. I personally like the pork ribs with Nasi Goreng as it provided different texture and flavours (spices mainly).

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Avocado Milkshake & Bintang Beer
So the next question is how about Naughty Nuri? I am pretty sure you have heard pretty good comments and I must say they are quite good too.

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Big Chunks of Pork Ribs 
Albeit at a higher price tag, I liked the boldness and intensity of flavour, which fared better than Iiga Warung's. We had gotten a bigger chunks of pork ribs with more meat to devour, which could be by chance/luck. However, the chunkiness was also the downside as it presented slight difficulty in tearing it off the bones.

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Sweet Potatoes Chips
Here at Naughty Nuri, no side dishes come free with order of pork ribs. Since we were paying for it, we opted for healthier version of potato chips. Did it go well with pork ribs? Maybe not, I would go for some Nasi Goreng (if any).

IN SUMMARY, my personal dining ranking based on following criteria are:
  • Ambiance 
    • Naughty Nuri - 3 out of 5 (well decorated, as expected of a famous pork rib joint but too packed and noisy)
    • Iiga Warung - 3 out of 5 (simple establishment with minimum dress up and quiet but mosquitoes were quite a bitch)
  • Price
    • Iiga Warung - 4 out of 5 
    • Naughty Nuri - 3 out of 5 (famous = higher price tag)
  • Food
    • Iiga Warung - 4 out of 5 (personally I prefer smaller ribs and side dishes that better complement, P/S you will get quite bored with the pork ribs after few bones)
    • Naughty Nuri - 3.5/5 
  • Verdict 
    • Iiga Warung - Would surely visit if it is not too far from my reach
    • Naughty Nuri - Do expect crowds and lots of noise, would surely visit again for other pork rib mains at odd hours (if possible)

DINING INFO:
Iiga Warung 
BBQ Joint
Jln Uluwatu II, Jimbaran, Bali, Indonesia
Operation Hours: 11.30am - 11.00pm
Tel: +62 8133 826 2009

Naughty Nuri's Warung
BBQ Joint, Steakhouse, and Restaurant
Jalan Batubelig No. 41, Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Operation Hours: 11.00am - 10.30pm (Daily)
Tel: +62 0361 847 6722

Nov 25, 2014

Bali Travelogue: Made's Warung (11 - 15 Jan 2014)

Made's Warung is surely a name you would come across in search of some good local food. In fact, it was highly recommended by Lady Iron Chef for local Indonesian cuisine.

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Side Entrance to Made's Warung

Located in the heart of Seminyak (and 700m away from our stay), there was no excuse, at least for me, to pay a visit to this famous establishment. In fact, we accidentally found it while heading for some babi guling at Pak Malen's.

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Back Entrance to Made's Warung

Housed in the centre of a huge mansion, Made's Warung is an open concept restaurant, flanked by garden and rows of retail shops. I must say it is an interesting dining concept, at least it is something I did not expect.

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Bintang Draft for Him

It was not a hard task getting a table for two at 8pm on a Saturday. In fact, we secured one of the best tables right at the front of stage where beautiful Jazz was sang.  Best of all, over a pint of icy cold draft beer. Nothing can beat the freshness of this Bintang draft.

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Brem Bali for Me

As one simply can't go wrong with local produce, I decided to be adventurous. Made of rice wine, this Brem Bali was packed with complexity of flavor despite being at the strong side (no, I don't measure by % of alcohol in a bottle).

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Bebek Betutu

Serving both local Indonesian and international cuisine, I can see why Made's Warung has gained quite a fame. However, we made it a point to try all local food we can. Hence, this Bebek Betutu. I am totally into this highly seasoned and spiced dish called Betutu. The tenderness of bebek, dancing and twirling in the swirl of spices; so flavorful, so complex, so beautiful yet not overwhelming.

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Tipat Tjantok / Gado-Gado

This Tipat Tjantok or Gado-Gado was pale in comparison. The sweetness of peanut sauce, the softness of potatoes, were pared down by the lack of peanut chunks, overly soaked bean sprouts and slightly soggy peanuts; it was simply not the contrast I was looking for.

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Pork Satay

Pork satay, on the other hand, was nice though not great. From the chunky look of it, you can tell it would be the meaty one but luckily it wasn't dry.

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Fried Banana Ice Cream

Fried banana ice cream was not mind blowing either. Despite my excitement over the idea of banana fritters and vanilla ice cream, it was soon drowned by the almost cold fried banana. Imagine that crispiness and tongue scotching moment as you bite through the banana before devouring the sweetness of ripe bananas, it was nothing like that.

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Night Peeps!

IN SUMMARY, my personal dining ranking based on following criteria are:

Ambiance - 4 out of 5 (Good place for some icy cold beer over some jazz)
Price - 3 out of 5 (Slightly pricy for the quality of food served)
Food - 3 out of 5 (If you have to go, try Bebek Betutu!)
Verdict - That kind of jazzy night where you get to have some decent (but not great) local food and fresh draft/alcohol

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