A restaurant in the Canary Islands is taking barbequing to a whole new level.
Rather than relying on fire, electricity or
natural gas, chefs at El Diablo heat their meat over a still-active
The one-of-a-kind grill is not spewing with
lava (it hasn’t erupted since 1824); instead an iron grate sits over a circular
basalt pit that funnels the earth’s natural heat to the surface, where
temperatures range between 400C and 600C.
The El Diablo chefs cook lamb, chicken and fish
over the geothermal stove, for use in traditional Canarian dishes. Plan to eat
early as the kitchen closes at 3:30 pm, although a special Tuesday evening
reservation can be booked in advance for 50 euros, which includes a tour, a
three-course meal and transportation to and from local hotels.
volcano-powered kitchen was built by local architect César Manrique in 1970 as part
of a commission to build a restaurant on a summit in the Fire Mountains, located
in Timanfaya National Park on the island of Lanzarote. Unable to lay
the foundations due to the ground’s heat, he and fellow designers added nine
layers of basalt rock to serve as the restaurant’s base, leaving part of it
open to the heat.
restaurant’s floor-to-ceiling windows offer panoramic views of the park’s volcanic
calderas, cones, craters and black lava fields. The landscape has remained virtually
unchanged since the last eruption, thanks to minimal rainfall and government