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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
Average taste

Not so delicious for my taste buds. I can't even taste the chilli just like the advertised said. Perhaps will not come back for sure

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
Ketty H
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English first
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Not so delicious for my taste buds. I can't even taste the chilli just like the advertised said. Perhaps will not come back for sure

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Jakarta, Jakarta Raya, Indonesia
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23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

I can't find any special item from here, the taste, place, and service is standard, but the price is little bit pricey.

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Solo, Indonesia
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

A little bit pricey but worth to eat, must try if you visit Surabaya. Rawon is a black coloured beef soup with very strong taste of spices. This place is very easy to find, it's located in front of JW Marriott Hotel. It's called Setan (Devil) because they open the restaurant from night (18.00) until early morning (04.00) in the... More 

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Milan, Italy
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42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

We visited this restaurant as we were adviced by a local. There is no way to communicate in english with anyone, no menu. We were just invited to take a sit and we were given food we never ordered. Honestly the food was uneatable for any non indonisian client. Never again

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Cirebon, Indonesia
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14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

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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17 restaurant reviews
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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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52 restaurant reviews
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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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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: Asian, 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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