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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 #51 of 778 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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English first
Surabaya, Indonesia
15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

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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71 reviews 71 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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72 reviews 72 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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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87 reviews 87 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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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268 reviews 268 reviews
230 restaurant reviews
107 helpful votes 107 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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Jakarta, Indonesia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Rawon is one of popular culinary from East Java and Rawon Setan is most favorite rawon in Surabaya, The restaurant location is in the city center with alot of access, if you stay at JW Marriot Hotel in Surabaya, you can reach location just across the street from your Hotel, (tips : please asking security to stop the traffic if... More

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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61 reviews 61 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Very famous rawon in Surabaya. Rawon is a beef with black soup, tasty and tasted good but very pricey.

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Singapore, Singapore
20 reviews 20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Popular spot that serves one of the best Rawon (Black soup) that I have tasted. You can order your rice separately with a bowl of rawon soup or all added to your rice plate. The rice dish goes well with the side condiments like 'tempe' (fermented soyabean), bergedil (mashed spiced potato cutlet), telor asin (salted egg), krupuk (cracker) and sambal... More

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