Timanfaya National Park, a volcano area in south western Lanzarote, is one of the most popular tourist attraction in Lanzarote. The area covers more than 50 square kilometres and one can take a coach trip to travel around the volcanoes. There is a visitor centre there and also one very interesting restaurant called El Diablo.
The food served in the restaurant is just normal food and what’s special is how they cook the food – using geothermal heat. Although the volcanoes aren’t erupting hot lava, the underground is still heated by our Mother Earth. To make use of this intense heat, a giant grill was built on top of a big hole on the ground. Fish, chicken and other delicious food are then placed on top of the grill and cooked by the heat from underground. Unlike most restaurants where the kitchens are normally private, this “kitchen” is open to public and so you see this picture here.
Unfortunately we did not have chance to do lunch there and therefore I can’t tell you what’s the taste of a geothermal heated chicken. I do believe it’s probably one of the most environmental friendly way of cooking!