When everyone seem tried to start coffee shops business, there is new concept restaurant in Surabaya. Restaurant that exploit Durian as their main ingredient, named Raja Duren or King of Durian. You can find many foods and drinks here are complimented with Durian :)
RAJA DUREN / KING OF DURIAN
Wait, how to eat Durian with rice? o_o
We'll find out soon! Keep reading :D
Raja Duren is located in front of UPN (University of Pembangunan Nasional), next to Mie Akhirat and C'Bezt.
This place is quite compact and simple, only have one floor and coexist with other stores. You can spot Talent Scrapbook & Craft Workshop right on the 2nd floor.
Though this room is quite packed, there are several tables and stools provided here. When I came to this place last Monday afternoon, there are many persons complied here. I noticed they didn't utilize any Air Conditioner, wall fans only.
This restaurant also use pay-first-eat-later system. I think some of restaurants and cafes in Surabaya already used this kind of payment system. They asking customers to pay for the meal in advance. For a first-timer, you may feel little bit uncomfortable because you still have no idea what to order and you can't ask waiter to handle your order while you are sitting. Solution? I will include their menu on this post and you have to memorize them before visit this place, so you won't waste your time in confusion :p
This mural is so adorable ^^ it looks like a photo corner with a small stage. Unfortunately I didn't dress up that day, so I didn't snap any photo with their photo corner, maybe next time :D
In a nutshell, the interior design of this place is quite nice, if only they also pay attention to their toilet. Unfortunately, their toilet is unappealing enough and I don't like to use toilet without separate shower jet; because you have no option but sit at its gross seat :|
Smart marketing is when you use media like LCD TV to present your products with high definition videos and impressive presentation :) I admit their effort in preparing many appealing videos does a good job and made me almost drool. I couldn't take away my eyes from that LCD TV because the foods and drinks look so good! XDD
RAJA DUREN MENU
Note: Price in thousands Rupiah. Menu Penyetan is included rice.
FYI, ewu (Javanese) means thousand in Rupiah. I was surprised when I read this menu. Penyetan with sambal and topping duren milo?? What the.. I can't imagine how it tastes o__o
Black Squid with Durian Sambal - IDR 30k
Fried Beef Muscle with Durian Sambal - IDR 30k
Fried Flour Beef Muscle with Durian Sambal - IDR 32k
Crisp Chicken with Durian Sambal - IDR 15k
Fried Beef Ribs with Durian Sambal - IDR 30k
Fried Flour Beef Ribs with Durian Sambal - IDR 32k
Catfish with Durian Sambal - IDR 14k
Oseng Beef Ribs with Durian Sambal - IDR 33k
Fried Tofu, Tempeh, Egg and Eggplant with Durian Sambal - IDR 13k
Fried Intestine with Durian Sambal - IDR 20k
Fried Tripe with Durian Sambal - IDR 20k
Fried Flour Tripe with Durian Sambal - IDR 21k
There are plenty of beverages here.. Price starts from IDR 15,000 to 27,500 for special drinks with durian.
If you don't really want to try Durian drinks, they also provide non-durian drinks, price starts from IDR 4,500 :)
OMG Those Durian pancakes are really mouth-watering, I think I will try them next time :P
RAJA DUREN's MOTTO: Everyday is season of Durian at Raja Duren
(Setiap hari selalu musin duren di Raja Duren)
Sop Rainbow Duren / Rainbow Durian Soup Ice - IDR 15k
Combination of syrups, durian, grated cheese and maybe other secret ingredients that we can identify.
This one is good :) Yummy, little bit too sweet and contains durian pieces.
Shake Strawberry Duren / Durian Strawberry Milkshake - IDR 20k
Combination of durian + milk + Strawberry syrup + a scoop of Strawberry ice cream
The milk taste is more dominate compared to durian taste. It's quite nice but little bit too sweet for my preference.
Iga Sambal Duren / Beef Ribs with Durian Sambal - IDR 30k
In my opinion its portion is too small and didn't really fill my BF's stomach. The ribs meat is quite rubbery and little bit hard to chew, but it's tasty enough and my BF like their sambal.
Anyway, there's no spiciness level here. They use universal Durian Sambal for all foods and it's quite HOT for me x_x Don't worry, I guess the contribution of Durian in their sambals is relatively small, because I barely can taste the durian ingredient. Anyway, all foods here are included a handful steam rice. I'm not kidding, their steam rice portion is ridiculously small -_-
|Pulang dari sini masih lapar..|
Ayam Kremes Sambel Duren / Crisp Chicken with Durian Sambal - IDR 15k
Gladly, the portion of this chicken is quite big. It tastes delicious as well :)
How I wish they can replace their rice cup dose with larger diameter. To Raja Duren owners, if you read this, please kindly raise the standard of steam rice portion and I'm sure more customers will come to eat more often :')
Their foods & sambal tastes good; though I can't eat too much. LOL, and their beverages is so mouth-watering! :) I think the downsides of Raja Duren are their toilet's hygiene (if it's possible, can you please install shower jet as well?) and the steam rice portion T_T Aside of that, Raja Duren is surely worth to try!
Alamat & Lokasi: Jl. Medokan Ayu 21-C
(Depan Kampus UPN) Surabaya
INFO : 08176767899
Pin BBM :26347CD1
Open hours: Everyday 10:00 - 22:30