Bali's Naughty Nuri's arrives with swank
Naughty Nuri's - one of the most popular restaurants in Ubud, Bali - has made its way to Singapore and abandoned its roadside roots.
It opened its first Singapore outlet in the swanky Capitol Piazza.
It is a place to chill at in Bali, but it is a place to be seen at here.
The menu is divided into three sections: Shared small plates, its signature grills and an extensive cocktail programme from renowned mixologist Ricky Paiva.
The food is authentic, although you will find food as good - and cheaper - from the many Indonesian restaurants we have.
But I do not think the people come here especially for the food.
The clientele seems to be made up of many expatriates and I imagine those who want to mingle with them will like it here.
The more-than-decent food is just a bonus.
My favourite item is the Crispy Pig Ears ($6.80). Seasoned simply with curry powder and salt, it makes a great bar snack. Squeeze the lime over it for extra kick.
The Sambal Prawns Petai ($11.80) is very good. The sambal is spicy, but full of flavour. It even overwhelms the petai (stink bean). The dash of coconut cream balances it out.
The turmeric gravy is the reason the Lemak Chilli Party ($6.80) is great. It needs to be on everything. The plus? The chicken thigh is very tender.
The Burnt Squid ($8.80) was recommended, but I have tasted better. The red pepper sauce is decent, but not memorable.
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Their star item, Ribs ($18.80, half rack), is fine, but not spectacular. I wish there was more smokiness and consistency. There were parts too tender, and parts too tough.
#01-84 Capitol Singapore
Weekdays: 11.30am to 2.30pm and 5.30pm to 11pm Weekends and public holidays: 11.30am-11pm
The Dallas Meat Platter ($70 for two) at Dallas Restaurant & Bar (Suntec City Sky Garden #03-302, Tel: 6333-4068) is not for the faint-hearted.
It comes with four meats: Beautifully grilled Australian lamb cutlets, pork ribs (in a berry glaze or spicy BBQ sauce), rotisserie chicken and medium rare prime rib steak. Beneath them all is a base of addictive roasted potatoes.
If you can handle more meat, order the Crispy Pork Belly Tacos ($14) - they are to die(t) for.
McDonald's Crispy Chicken Sandwich ($5.70) - with a chicken patty, wild rocket leaves, shredded lettuce and tomato - is the latest item on the menu.
The Extra Value Meal comes with French Fries and Coke Zero ($7.50), but you can get a corn cup instead of the fries.
You can also top up $1.20 to change the fries to a Garden Side Salad.
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I CAME, I SEE, I CONQUERED
Popular Hong Kong ice pop brand I SEE i SEE has opened its first overseas outlet in Singapore. It is at basement three of 313@somerset.
You will get a choice of between eight and 12 flavours daily. Favourites include Cheesy Raspberry ($6.90) and Earl Grey Pistachio ($6.90).
There is even a durian version - appropriately named Stinky Durian ($7.90).
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York Hotel'S Penang Hawker Fare (From $29) Is Celebrating Its 30Th Birthday With A New Dish - Penang Salad, Pasembur. It Joins Favourites, Such As Oyster Omelette And Char Kway Teow, On The Buffet Line.
This Saturday, learn to cook these dishes with the hawkers at $12. You will get back a $12 dining voucher, redeemable for a la carte dining at the White Rose Cafe.
Call 6830-1156 to register.