Restaurant El Diablo – Teguise, Spain

Using an exciting – and questionable – food preparation technique, the chefs at El Diablo restaurant on the island of Lanzarote have a unique cuisine: a volcanic hole in the ground.

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

If the thought of trying to eat your salad with fire blasting in the air and lava gushing out of the dining room puts you off, fear not. This dormant volcano has been gurgling peacefully below the surface since its last eruption in 1824. What could possibly be going on?

Besides the spectacular cooking methods, El Diablo also boasts an incredible panoramic view of Timanfaya National Park in Lanzarote, a Martian landscape of red sand and volcanic rock. The view is framed by the “Montañas del Fuego” or Mountains of Fire, around 100 volcanoes that arose on the island in the 18th century. May they continue to cook only the starter.

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