Barbecue has always been among our favorites. However, it seems that one restaurant has went far beyond what’s normal – they are cooking this traditional food over a volcano.
Popularly called as El Diablo, this restaurant uses the 450 to 500 degrees Celsius of geothermal heat released from the ground to cook fish and meat on the menu. It is set in Timanfaya National Park in the Canary Islands. Basically, the restaurant relies so much on the dormant volcano underneath that produces vast amounts of heat and hot vapor, which rise through a hole in the ground.
To be able to cook food, El Diablo uses geothermal heat from a dormant or inactive volcano.
According to the restaurant’s manager, Julian Padron, volcanologists and scientists were consulted to check whether the cooking method was safe. And then, architects used about nine layers of volcanic basalt rock to create the grill.
Located in the Timanfaya National Park, this unique eatery offers panoramic views of the Fire Mountains.
Fortunately, the chances of the volcano erupting soon is slim to none. The last eruption took place in 1824. In order to withstand the heat of the volcano of the unconventional cooking system, the owner coordinated with architects Jesus Soto and Eduardo Caceres.
In 1970, the owner finally gained the approval of building the restaurant. Since then, many luscious dishes have been created and tourists are seen driving by.
Aside from the great food, visitors can also enjoy a full volcanic experience. They can look around and see the cooking methods used by the restaurant.
Using the heat or hot vapor that rises through a hole in the ground, the chefs of the restaurant is able to brown the food placed on a cast iron grill.
The Fire Mountains or the Montañas del Fuego, where the restaurant is currently built, were created during the early 18th century. At that time, there were over 100 volcanoes that sprung up on the island.
From midday to 3:30PM, the restaurant serves Canarian food. So, if you are planning to go there, it is advised that you make a reservation as early as possible.
In this area, rainfall is really low. Therefore, erosion rarely happens. The landscape here looks exactly the way it did in 1824, which was the date of the last volcanic explosion.
This is the entrance sign to Timanfaya National Park, Lanzarote, Canary Islands.