“Avoca-I-do!” An All Avocado Restaurant in Amsterdam

The skyrocketing rise of the avocado in the past few years all over the world has been unmissable. And if this new eatery has anything to say about it – it’s here to stay. The trendiest ingredient of this decade now finally has a restaurant solely dedicated to it!

Three intrepid restauranteurs in Amsterdam have opened up The Avocado Show, where avocados are prominently featured in every single dish and aspect of the menu. Amazed? We were too. While avocados are obviously great on toast, in guacamole, in salads – we were curious to see how an entire menu had been built around the fruit. According to one of the founders Ron Simpson however “The possibilities are endless… Our only rule is that the dishes need to contain the green super fruit in one way or another”.

Some digging up on the internet, and talking to friends who had been there revealed a lot. Firstly, all the dishes are inherently Instagrammable (as evidenced from their over 71,000 followers on the platform). And secondly, each and every single dish truly heroes the avocado. For the savoury they have mini burgers served on avo-buns (!), avocado hot dogs, poke bowls, along with the more usual fare like tacos, toast and egg dishes.  One thing is certain, there is no shortage of choice. Even for dessert, you can choose between avo-shakes, avo-cakes and an avocado based mousse and ice-cream!

While the food and concept sure look like they have knocked it out of the park, the interiors of The Avocado Show evoke the feeling of walking into a rain forest. It’s a literal urban ‘jungle’ of sorts, with lush green foliaged  walls complemented by comfy pink sofas. Fun graphics relating to avocados cover the menu and coffee cups (as though we needed more reasons to put this on our must-visit list).

What are your thoughts on having avocado, all day every day? Would you like us to demystify and recreate some of the recipes for you here on the blog? Let us know in the comments below, or on our Facebook page!

El Diablo Restaurant – Who Needs a Grill When You Have a Volcano?

Summer is here in full force, and every time we step outside we can feel ourselves barbecuing in the heat. So while we’re on the topic of rising temperatures, let us introduce to you El Diablo, a Spanish restaurant that actually uses natural heat – from a volcano no less, to roast and prepare their food!

This unique restaurant is located in the Timanfaya National Park, situated on the island of Lanzarote off the western coast of Morocco. The area is famous for the Fire Mountains, or Montanas del Fuego, which were created when more than 100 volcanoes sprung up on the island.  El Diablo (which aptly translates into ‘The Devil) uses the literal fires from hell for its dishes, in the form of geothermal heat at 500 degrees Celsius that sears up the vents of the volcano that it is built on.

Constructing a restaurant atop such a massive heat source was no mean task. Architects Eduardo Caceres and Jesus Soto lay down 9 layers of basalt rock to stabilize the structure as digging a foundation was next to impossible. The vent itself is a hole in the ground on top of which food is placed on a cast iron grill to cook, and less than six feet below lies gently bubbling lava!

The menu here includes delectable local dishes as well as Continental fare, with tourists flocking here to especially try their volcanically grilled meats and fish (of course!). Along with a full meal, it is also possible to have the full volcanic experience by taking part in a tour to see the vent and grill. Dramatic cooking methods aside, the panorama from the restaurants windows is no less stunning, with its stark mountainous views.

What are your thoughts on this daredevil restaurant? Is it worth the visit? Let us know in the comments! To influence your decision – if the thought of lava shooting into the air might keep you from enjoying your meal, rest assured that the volcano has been dormant since 1824 and has been officially declared safe.