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Rawon Setan (Devil's Rawon)

Jalan Embong Malang No. 78 I (In front of JW Marriott Hotel), Surabaya, Indonesia
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Ranked #72 of 819 Restaurants in Surabaya
Cuisines: Indonesian
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Dining options: Late Night
Description: "Rawon Setan" is a place that many locals call it "durung nang suroboyo nek durung mangan rawon setan" or in English means (not translation) "you can't say you were already travelling around surabaya if you didn't eat rawon setan there". The name of the owner is Endang. You may find the other rawon setan with different owner arround Indonesia, but the original one is here in Embong Malang street. The name 'setan' or devil is given in many different reasons. One say it is because the restaurant only open from 23pm, while the other one say it is because when you eat this rawon along with its chilli your stomach will be "kesetanan" (the translate of 'kesetanan' is possessed by the devil, but in this case, the meaning is suffering from hot spices). Many information are provide now in internet, and even the recent president of Indonesia have already invite the owner of this restaurant to make a serving in 'Istana Negara' along with other unique Indonesian's culinary when celebrated an independence day of Indonesia.
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

It is historical food of Surabaya. Taste was good, but price is not so good if you compare with another place that serve Rawon with same taste.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014 via mobile

Too salty and overpriced. I don't get it why it's so well known, even the president and many celebrity ate there! It's not that special, there's still other place that offer better taste and cheaper than this one. The only good point is that it open at midnight, since not many open at that hour and in case you're hungry... More

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Surabaya, Indonesia
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226 reviews 226 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

This place get famouse about 10 years (maybe) it's called DEVIL couse open starting midnite, but now they open at days. For food not my fav but it's okay, they have a signature black Soup.

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Surabaya, Indonesia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

I don't understand the hype surrounding Rawon Setan. Rawon is one of my favorite food and I know a lot of warung selling better rawon than Rawon Setan. And it's also very pricey.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Lots of locals frequented this place. Dinner time is generally crowded. Apparently there's no menu. Just look at what others ordered and pick your choice. If you speak the local language you might be able to get some recommendations. The souo was really great! Flavorful with lots of herbs. The beef was really tender. Too bad it was too little... More

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Top Contributor
82 reviews 82 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Location: Just across JW Marriot Hotel of the busy street of Embong Malang. Address: Jl. Embong Malang I No. 78, Surabaya, Jawa Timur, Indonesia. Parking is available that you need to pay to the parking attendant (limited space though). Opening hours: from 6pm till late. Look for black colour sign board that bears "Rawon Setan". I understand from the locals... More

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Bandung
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75 reviews 75 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 via mobile

Rawon is a black soup rich from herbs and sauce with beef meats..you can eat rawon with rice, salty egg, and krupuk (crackers)..this restaurant was located near Tunjungan mall..the place wasn't big so it would be very crowded in meal times..it had air con room and non air con room..you wouldn't have privacy if ate here..so don't bring your boy/girl... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

I've been to Rawon Setan on many occasion. The main reason it satisfy your craving for great food. Service is fast.

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Denpasar, Bali
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95 reviews 95 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

This is the legendary rawon (black beef soup) native to East Java. A must try when in town! For dinners only and open till late at night.

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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364 reviews 364 reviews
312 restaurant reviews
242 helpful votes 242 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 via mobile

The rawon is fresh and hot, and the beef is tender and they give you big chunks. I had mine with the rice mixed into the rawon, or you can have the rice on the side. Typical local warung, friendly service and pictures of famous Indonesians on the wall.

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Address: Jalan Embong Malang No. 78 I (In front of JW Marriott Hotel), Surabaya, Indonesia
Location: Asia  >  Indonesia  >  Java  >  East Java  >  Surabaya
Cuisine: Indonesian

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