El Diablo, Lanzarote, Spain - The New Indian Express

El Diablo, Lanzarote, Spain

Published: 11th May 2014 06:00 AM

Last Updated: 10th May 2014 11:19 AM

When the gourmet seeks satisfaction, there are enough  Michelin star restaurants to soothe gastric juices with exotic fare and wines of impressive vintage. Eating is not just about food, but also about the ambience and method. Chefs like Heston Blumenthal and Ferran Adria perfected molecular cuisine, and the latter made his now-shut retaurant El Bulli a food destination. In the age of mass food and telerecipes, cachet is king in cuisine—the more unique, the  greater the pull. Food is today an idea. Hence the singing waiters at Hajime Dalu Robot Restaurant in Jinana are robots; at kinderkookkafe in Amsterdam, all the staff are kids and at Bakery Cafe in Kathmandu, they are deaf. But El Diablo Restaurant on the island of Lanzarote literally tops the list, with its one-of-a-kind kitchen—a volcanic hole in the ground. Ever eaten food prepared on bubbling lava of a volcano? Now is your chance.

The restaurant in the Canary Islands, headed by Caesar Manrique, is aptly named after “the Devil.” Vegetarians may find the menu a bit sparse; on the menu is a variety of meat and fish dishes barbecued between 450 to 500 degrees Celsius using geothermal volcanic heat. Building El Diablo challenged the ingenuity and imagination of architects Eduardo Caceres and Jesus Soto. They laid nine layers of basalt rock to build a foundation. They then placed a giant grill across the opening. Just six feet below, the lava bubbles at 400 degrees Celsius—the temperature its chefs claim is ideal for volcanically grilled meats. You need not feel that at any point the lava could erupt, turning your pork chops into Popmeii grill— the volcano is dormant since its laste explosion in 1824.

The views are hot too. The ”Montañas del Fuego”, or Fire Mountains, came into being sometime in the early 18th century when more than 100 volcanoes sprung up on Lanzarote. It has remained unchanged and uneroded, so the view of Lanzarote’s Timanfaya National Park, a landscape of red sands and volcanic rock, is spectacular.

El Diablo, Timanfaya National Park, Lanzarote, Spain

Tel: 34 928.84.00.56

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