You know what really bothers me? When a foreign restaurant comes to Malaysia, we have to fork out more for downsized portions and the food often does not taste as authentic. And yet we as the consumers are not expected to complain or make comparisons (to the original) but should feel grateful instead – simply because we are ‘blessed’ with a new restaurant in town.
Recently, I noticed that there are some food bloggers with a sizeable following who always write good things while ignoring the other equally important factor: value for money. Maybe because they never had to pay (or could claim it back later) for the tab. How do I know, you ask? Well, I have been blogging long enough to know how the system works.
With that out of my chest let’s get straight to the food at Naughty Nuri’s. Even though I had been to Bali, I did not have the luxury of time to visit their original branch at Ubud. But among the 9 of us who ate at Desa Sri Hartamas’ Naughty Nuri’s, two had tried the original one before.
One of the must-order here is The Almighty Nuri’s 1995 Signature BBQ Spare Ribs @ RM39 which was marinated with Balinese spice and char grilled. What you see above is the portion for 1 slab. Although it was said to not match the original’s (as expected), I thought it was still good enough with a nice smoky flavour – even better when dipped into the spicy black sauce.
I don’t think there’s anything mighty about the Almighty Nuri’s BBQ Pork Chop @ RM23. It looked like something from the kids menu if you ask me. RM1 for scale.
Grilled Hog Sausage Platter @ RM35 – everyone enjoyed this but I will let you decide whether this is even worth the price tag.
Ibu Nuri Inspired Grilled Australian Grass Fed 100 days Sirloin Steak @ RM38. I asked for medium rare but was served medium well. I guess it’d be a real challenge to get the doneness right with such a thinly-cut steak.
Jimbaran Style Inspired Pan Seared Crispy Skin Norwegian Salmon @ RM28 – another kiddie sized dish. Does the Naughty Nuri’s management expect their customers to order seconds, or even thirds just to be full?
Deconstructed Asian Caesar Salad @ RM18 – vegetables must be really expensive.
The only dish I thought to have a respectable portion was the Indonesian Style Mee Goreng @ RM18. It certainly reminded me of the delicious mee goreng I had in Bali, except the spiciness was very much toned down.
Overall there’s nothing wrong about the food here, most of them were enjoyable but I just couldn’t bring myself to terms with the price they are charging for the ridiculous portion size. Sad to say because of that I am not going to return to Naughty Nuri’s again, I honestly felt cheated. For the same amount of money paid, there are far better alternatives in Desa Sri Hartamas to go for similar offerings.
2 Gr Floor, Jalan 24/70A
Desa Sri Hartamas, 50480 KL
Business hours: 4pm – 2am