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This Volcano is safe for cooking...
Thursday, November 4, 2021 @ 11:57 PM


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 the Spanish island called Lanzarote, northwest of Morocco, El Diablo is a unique restaurant where the chefs have access to a volcano of their own. 



Building a restaurant on top of a massive heat source is not the easiest task. Architects Eduardo Caceres and Jesus Soto had to lay 9 layers of basalt rock in lieu of digging down to build a foundation. A giant grill is laid across the opening, where 6 feet below, the gentle giant is softly bubbling lava at 400 degrees Celsius, apparently the perfect temperature for volcanically grilled meats.



If the thought of trying to eat your salad as fire shoots in the air and lava spews out of the dining room deters you, fear not. This volcano has been peacefully gurgling below the surface since its last eruption in 1824. What could possibly go wrong? Quite a lot you might be thinking if you take into consideration the current situation in La Palma. That said, you probably won't have to wait to get a table these days!



Aside from the dramatic cooking methods, El Diablo also brags an amazing otherworldly panoramic view of Lanzarote’s Timanfaya National Park, a martian landscape of red sands and volcanic rock. The vista is framed by the ”Montañas del Fuego," or Fire Mountains, roughly 100 volcanos that sprung up on the island in the 18th century. May they continue to cook only the entree!

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