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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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Dining options: Late Night, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for: Families with children
Description: "Rawon Setan" is a place that many locals call it "durung...
"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
Standard rawon taste

I heard a lot about this rawon. The rawon itself tastes good but it's not "skyhigh" good. For four people we spent about Rp 200 thousand, which could be spent better. We tasted soto gubeng pojok and think that the soto was a better deal.

3 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Yanuar A
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I heard a lot about this rawon. The rawon itself tastes good but it's not "skyhigh" good. For four people we spent about Rp 200 thousand, which could be spent better. We tasted soto gubeng pojok and think that the soto was a better deal.

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Solo, Indonesia
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

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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Thank ganpram
Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

another good taste food i tried at surabaya, the taste was good but nothing special from this food,just another regular rawon i ever tried. the parking lot was small and the restaurant didn't have good ambiance for recommended restaurant

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Thank renatharena
Jakarta, Jakarta Raya, Indonesia
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

a lot of friend of mine told me to stop by at Rawon setan jl Embong which is near with my hotel.. so the last day at surabaya .. my family decided to tried...so first of all ..when I heard about rawon setan on my mind this rawon must be really spicy but I was wrong...the soup litbit over salt... More 

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Thank Farah F
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12 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

Because everybody is talking about this place, i went there for a dinner and order 2 portion rawon for take away. Turned out they just taste okay, not nearly half as good as what they said. The portion is too little and it was like soup with a rawon instead of rawon with a soup.

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Thank Shasha S
Jakarta
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100 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015 via mobile

Was lucky to be able to eat at this local resto as its location just across my hotel. Tried that famous rawon with rice. Taste good with tender meat in the soup. One can eat additional food served on the table i.e. tempe goreng, kerupuk (local chips) etc with addional cost. The drink that I like is es sinom. Very... More 

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Thank TaniaKansil
Beijing, China
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12 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

Just another rawon in common. the price was kinda expensive. luckily i didnt need to pay myself hha. What makes this place special tht it a legend signature dish of Surabaya, strategic location, open till late (or 24 hrs not sure), and offers various side dishes (mendoan, tempe, tahu etc). Choos ur visitting time wisely as it wud be very... More 

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Thank rendywise
Surabaya, Indonesia
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

It's calles Devil's Rawon, cause it is started at 22 at night. Good place for after night movies .... If you have to go with a vegetarian, it's ok, you can find also pecel - Javanese sald there. it must noticed : the fried beef (empal), and others, to go with the rawon .......

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Thank hitapriyas2015
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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331 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 208 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

I was looking for Local Surabaya food, specifically rawon, and I was lucky enough that my Hotel was located near to this. There were definitely a lot of people, mostly local, I assume were there. I took Rawon Pisah (Rawon soup and rice is served separately). I must say, I was very tasty and delicious, It was a perfect introduction... More 

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Bekasi
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29 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

It's a well known traditional food where you can easily find it because it is located in very strategic place. For me the taste is not so special. The meat is very tender, and you can select other side dishes such as ox tongue, beef tripe (babat), and off course...crackers :D Although it is not the best rawon I ever... 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: Asian, Indonesian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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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