There is a tiny hole-in-the-wall in Ubud, Bali called Naughty Nuri's. It's situated on the outskirts of town and has a very loyal expat following. Since most of the expats in Ubud are heavy, heavy drinkers, they tend to swing by for the lethal martinis. It sure ain't the service they're coming for...now, the Balinese are renowned for their incredible happiness and world-class service skills, but not at Nuri's. I'm not sure where they got this litter of locals, but man...it's enough to drive one mad.
It must be because of the boatloads of tourists that flow thru there on a regular basis. Each and every one of them--kids and adults alike--has the exact same goal: suck down some grilled ribs. Table after table is peppered with small bowls of rice, dishes of fresh lime and a mess of BBQ ribs--all slathered with hoison or honey or something else that is wildly sticky and super sweet. The cooks sling out about 50 lbs of ribs onto the grill right front of the restaurant and anyone who walks by is immediately sucked in by the scent of charred meat. You cannot get out of the vortex of that sweet aroma no matter how hard you try...it's like quicksand. Good service be damned.
This pile of ribs will run you about $5 (expensive for Bali) and though I was terrified to swill a martini (I just don't know when to stop), I did slam a couple/few Bintangs while I waited AN HOUR for my food. I wouldn't usually stop into a place so famous amongst those in the know, but I had to walk by the place every day to get to my little hotel, so I just had to give in once I got a whiff, you know. Time is just beer, eh?
So, were they the BEST EVER? Not by a long shot....the flavor was amazing, but the meat was a little on the chewy side. This coming for a vegetarian mind you. But, I know food...and though good, hell, maybe even damn good, they are not something I'd daydream about. No, that would be the 40 cent nasi campur at my favorite warung in Candidasa. Or the avacado jus at a tiny stall in Mataram.
I did hear later that the ribs at The Fly Cafe down the road were the best in town (an even bigger secret). Man, who is one to trust these days? I mean, look at the pictures...don't you just want some stat? Allright, when I roll back, I will hit them up for the martini and check out the ribs at The Fly Cafe. All good things to look forward to.