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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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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Soooo standard

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.

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 20, 2015
Frits C
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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Jakarta, Indonesia
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015 NEW

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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37 reviews 37 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
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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Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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43 reviews 43 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
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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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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

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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280 reviews 280 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 via mobile

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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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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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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82 reviews 82 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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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Restaurant Details

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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