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Rawon Setan (Devil's Rawon)

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Jl. Embong Malang no. 78 I (In front of JW Marriott Hotel), Surabaya, Indonesia
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Description: "Rawon Setan" is a place that many locals call it "durung nang suroboyo...
"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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  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
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just try this food few days ago, the taste was good but a little bit pricey but they make Rawon with high quality meat and spices. it's more delicious if you add other additional menus at the table like salted duck egg, ox tongue and others. It's good for you who want to try authentic... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 25, 2015
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Cirebon, Indonesia
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Cirebon, Indonesia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

just try this food few days ago, the taste was good but a little bit pricey but they make Rawon with high quality meat and spices. it's more delicious if you add other additional menus at the table like salted duck egg, ox tongue and others. It's good for you who want to try authentic food of surabaya

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Bandung, Indonesia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

It was an okay food, I think. I had high expectation since it is famous as one of signature dish of Surabaya. It's nice, but I had eat more delicious rawon before and it's not even famous, it's just a small kiosk. Also, for anyone expects a very spicy rawon by the name "setan", forget it. Setan only means that... More 

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

I like rawon, but I think the taste of rawon in this restaurant tastes good but not very special. I've ever eaten better Rawon in another place. However, it's worth it to have local favourite food every time we visit different cities. The place is also standard, not too fancy but comfortable enough.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

I was expecting something different for the famous local dish called Rawon. But i could not find the differentiate or specialty than others. However, rawon is rawon - still one of my favourite dish.

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Surabaya, Indonesia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Rawon is traditional soup from Surabaya. The soup is black + meat, but very delicous. Rawon Setan is one of the best Rawon in the world. you can choose Nasi Rawon or Rawon only (with split steam Rice). Tips : add salted egg and

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

The taste of rawon is very typical East Java style. The kluwek is not that strong. The portion is small, the price is not cheap, makes the experience is not satisfying.

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Jakarta
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Okay, so it taste good but not super delicious. Just good. And the restaurant is not fancy at all (no AC, cheap table and chair) but the rawon price is too pricey.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

First and the last. Too salty. And many fat in their meat. Too pricy. Dirty place. Not friendly staff. That's why i don't want to come to this place again. Enough.

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Jakarta
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

If you happen to be in Surabaya, arrive approaching midnight, and feel hungry very badly, this place gives you a very nice solution. A very hot thick black soup with big chunk meats will warm your body and soul. Enjoy their specialties, Rawon, and finish it with hot lime juice. Rawon is traditional East Java, with thick black soup and... More 

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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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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Address: Jl. 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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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Jl. Embong Malang no. 78 I (In front of JW Marriott Hotel), Surabaya, Indonesia
  • Location: Asia  >  Indonesia  >  Java  >  East Java  >  Surabaya

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Indonesian

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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