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What could be more natural than having a barbecue party on a volcano? Apart from the obvious health and safety hazards, that is. But such things are not a concern at the El Diablo restaurant, where chefs actually cook food over the heat produced by an active volcano.

Located on a Spanish island called Lanzarote, northwest of Morocco, El Diablo is a unique restaurant where the chefs have access to a volcano of their own. Of course, it isn’t like a lava-spewing mountain, because if that were the case there would be no question of leisurely eating. No, this volcano is more like a hole in the ground, through which volcanic heat erupts from the deeps of the Earth.

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nd it is precisely this heat that the creators of El Diablo have taken advantage of. Prior to its existence, visitors to the volcanic area were served with a plate of sardines and wine. However, in 1970, Cesar Manrique decided to create a formal restaurant in the area. Thus, with the help of architects Eduardo Caceres and Jesus Soto, a giant grill was built on the ground that makes use of the immense heat below the Earth’s surface. And that’s how El Diablo was born. The grill is used to prepare several dishes of meat and fish that are served at the restaurant.

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The construction, of course, wasn’t easy. All that heat just beneath the surface meant that digging foundation trenches was impossible. So instead they set down nine layers of basalt rock, in order to provide a foundation for the structure. Traditional Canarian food is now served at the restaurant, but food is only one of the attractions the place provides. Many people make it a point to visit the volcano-restaurant for the stunning surroundings and view that it provides. The landscape of the island, although barren, is breathtaking to look at. The best time to visit is during sunset, when the fading light creates spectacular effects over the sands of the volcanoes.

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The Volcan Grill Tour is operated in the area every Tuesday from 6.00 to 9.30pm. For 50 Euros, you can enjoy the surroundings, a three course meal and transportation to and from your hotel.
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Makes me hungry

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well that's a...

recipe for disaster!


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Re: El Diablo Restaurant – Cooking Food Over an Active Volcano

Bet they do mean flame grilled burgers! Would love to go there, how amazing!

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The food should be very healthy, since it is not fried in oil.

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Re: El Diablo Restaurant – Cooking Food Over an Active Volcano

i wonder if the gases coming out of the volcano would cause the food to have a different taste. i'm thinking about how they sometimes smoke food over herbs n such

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Re: El Diablo Restaurant – Cooking Food Over an Active Volcano

I went there on holiday about 15 years ago. Fantastic place to visit, although the air was very thin, which made standing in the grill room rather unpleasant.

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Re: El Diablo Restaurant – Cooking Food Over an Active Volcano

cool concept though I wonder how they kept it clean down there

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