Do you like grilled food? Then you should try El Diablo Restaurant in Spain.
Using the weirdest and most unusual food preparation technique, the chefs at the El Diablo Restaurant have a one-of-a-kind kitchen, a volcanic hole in the ground. Yes, you read it right.
In 1969 the ‘diabolic’ restaurant El Diablo was opened on volcano Ilario peak above the crater. It’s one of the most striking natural sights of Spain, which last erupted in 1824.
Without electricity or gas, depending only on the heat of the volcano. The architects who designed it, couldn’t lay down foundations for the building. So they had to build it on nine layers of basalt rock. That’s because just six feet under the restaurant is a 400⁰C pool of lava.
Another reason to make this place worth visiting!
In El Diablo, you can enjoy some of the best views on the island. The restaurant has huge glass windows that offer an amazing otherworldly panoramic view of Lanzarote’s Timanfaya National Park, a martian landscape of red sands and volcanic rock. “the Fire Mountains” which is roughly 100 volcanos that sprung up on the island in the 18th century framed the vista. This amazing view of the rocky volcanic mountains stretches for almost 20 square miles down to the beautiful, blue Atlantic Ocean.
Don’t miss the chance to sit next to the “geysers” that are outside and see the guides pour water into the hole and then see the water splash back up with a dramatic sound.
Since it’s located on a volcano that still is producing heat, the restaurant has a quite high temperature inside. Curious visitors can go to have a look at the open kitchen, in the center of which is the large round charcoal. This restaurant was designed by the well-known designer César Manrique who make it so cool both outside and inside.
Now, how does the food taste?
At El Diablo, the chefs place their grills over the hole and barbecue the meat in the most natural way. The Canarian architect César Manrique called this technique the “Vulkan grill”. The restaurant serves all kinds of volcano-roasted food, including sausages, steaks, grilled chicken, and potatoes, plus exquisite fresh Canarian fish and seafood.
At the end of the day, it does not matter how the food tastes. But. what matters is the thought of having eaten food in this. It must be a great experience.