In 1994 a young man named Brian Aldinger from New Jersey, was travelling around Java, Indonesia when he met a beautiful and interesting young woman called IsnuriSuryatmi (Nuri). They fell in love and were married shortly after.
When holidaying in Bali they decided that Ubud, (the artists area in the hills ofBali) was the place for them and opened a small warung in 1995 where they could sell some drinks, make a few simple dishes and talk to the customers. So Naughty Nuri’s was born! Nuri says the name was chosen because she was Nuri and her husband Brian was Naughty.
Before too long, many of the local expatriate community and some of the local Balinese people would come by and chat with the couple and some friends suggested that Naughty Nuri’s put a small BBQ at the front of the warung. The pork ribs became so popular that the BBQ became one of the most photographed tourist attractions in Ubud, if not the whole of Bali.
More drinks were introduced, the most popular being the Naughty Nuri’s martini. One evening celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, author of Kitchen Confidential and host of his famous TV series, shared several Naughty Nuri’s martinis with Brian and wrote in the guest book that the Naughty Nuri’s martini’s were the best he had outside of New York.
Many celebrities, including fashion designer, Donna Karan, and major film stars like Julia Roberts have visited Naughty Nuri’s and loved the ribs, drinks and the great atmosphere. Author, Elizabeth Gilbert who wrote, ‘Eat, Pray, Love was a regular at Naughty Nuri’s for many years while living and working in Ubud.
Brian’s table in the front corner was famous and so many patrons from around the world asked to sit with him and join the lively conversation and banter with Brian, Nuri and many of the local Ubud characters.
Sadly, Brian passed away in 2012 and is greatly missed by everyone. However, Nuri continues with the wonderfully tender and lipsmacking ribs, magical martini’s and fun atmosphere that Naughty Nuri’s is famous for and is full everyday with people lining the streets to get a table.
Naughty Nuri’s Seminyak is the latest outlet in the famous franchise where you will always find our killer ribs and twisted martinis.