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Restaurant Highlights in Bali: Naughty Nuri’s & La Lucciola

If you love ribs, Naughty Nuri’s is THE place to visit. I admit, I was a little skeptical when C told me that we were going there for dinner. ‘How good can ribs get?’ I thought. The answer to that, apparently, is VERY, VERY GOOD. And this is coming from someone who doesn’t normally eat ribs. I find it too much of a hassle, as there always seems to be so little meat, and very messy to eat in public.


I think every taxi driver in Bali knows Naughty Nuri’s, because it’s so popular. Do go early if you plan to eat there, as the place can get very crowded from 7pm. We got there at about 6plus, and managed to get a table quite easily. While waiting for our food to arrive, we busied ourselves by checking out the interesting decorations, as well as the paintings on the walls, which were available for purchase.

The Bar (I think that’s Naughty Nuri posing above it!)


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One of the paintings for sale


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The Restaurant


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Loved this bottle-cap curtain hiding the toilets


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C ordered the signature pork ribs, while I decided to try the pork chop, because I honestly didn’t think that ribs were my thing. Boy, was I mistaken. The ribs were very flavourful, and the meat came off the bone easily. C kindly gave me some to try, and I regretted not ordering the ribs for myself too. That’s not to say that the pork chop wasn’t good. It was. I had a huge chunk of meat, the thickest slab of pork chop I recall ever eating, and it was very nice and juicy. We ordered some mashed potatoes, rice, and green salad as side dishes, but really, what we needed was MORE PORK RIBS.

BEST RIBS EVER.


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Huge Pork Chop


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The BBQ Masters


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Expect to pay about SGD 20-25 per person at Naughty Nuri’s, depending on your choice of drinks.

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We also visited La Lucciola, as C had read many great reviews about it, and managed to get a reservation there for us one evening. We wanted to get there in time for the sunset, as the restaurant overlooks the beach and purportedly has a great view of the sunset, but the horrible jam that we got stuck in put paid to those plans. We visited the restaurant for lunch the day we left, and managed to enjoy the cool sea breeze and gorgeous view. Do ask for a table upstairs, as the view is better.

La Lucciola by day…


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… and by night


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Crashing waves


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Calm beach


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La Lucciola is a fine dining restaurant in Bali, and actually has a dress code. They also don’t have high-chairs for babies, so that was a bit of a problem for us. Thankfully, on the night that we were there, the wait staff very kindly offered to carry Noah for a while, so that we could eat. They even remembered him when we returned for lunch a few days later! The service was top-notch, and so was the food.

We read about their Granitas, which are basically fruit juices blended with ice, and ordered two different ones to try. I can’t remember what we had, but I think I had the Strawberry and Guava, and C had the Lychee and Lime. They were really refreshing and a great way to cool down in the hot Bali weather. For our starters, we ordered the Calamari and Duck, both of which were excellent. The duck worked very well with its sweet fruit and pastry bed, while the rocket salad served as a good complement to the calamari.

Calamari


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Duck


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After such a great start to our meal, we were eager to try our mains. C ordered the spaghetti, and I went for the risotto. Both were rich in flavour, and the portion sizes were perfect for our hungry bellies. I’m not very good with describing food, so I’ll let the photos whet your appetite instead. 😉

Spaghetti


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Risotto


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Here’s Noah with a flower tucked behind his ear, courtesy of the La Lucciola staff!


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You can expect to pay about SGD 35-50 per person at La Lucciola, and lunch is usually cheaper than dinner. The view might be better during lunch too, unless you plan to catch the sunset.

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Do check out these two restaurants if you visit Bali. We will definitely go back to them again if we have the chance to!

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