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

2 comments:

  1. I guess I had a different experience. iiga was terrible for me - the ribs are tough, it does not fall off the bone. It's so hard that I we almost bent the knife. Noodles were undercooked - you can taste that it's still hard. Price is too expensive for the tiny portion. Well, that's my take on that and I will never return to iiga. I prefer Hog's Wild definitely.

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    1. Might be the standard drops :( It has been 2.5 years since my last visit.

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