Solar Powered Restaurant

Last week I shared our journey into the Elqui Valley in Chile which was full of blue skies and beautiful, dry landscapes.

Once we arrived we headed to a solar powered restaurant in Villaseca called Delicias del Sol, which is just outside Vicuña.  There are a few in the area due to the 340+ days of sunshine per year and all of the food you are served is cooked in a solar powered oven, and you can see it all being cooked in the blazing sun.  It was a a very unique lunch spot!


The ovens are these strange looking boxes.  The food is put in the back and waits to be cooked by the sun.

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We started with some locally produced fruit juice, some warm bread (cooked in the solar oven) and pebre.  Pebre is one of my favourite foods in Chile.  It’s a mix of tomatoes, coriander, olive oil and garlic.  It’s put on bread and empanadas and also used as a dip for crisps and crackers.  It’s delicious!DSC02658 DSC02659 DSC02660

For the main event I chose salmon served with rice and salad. DSC02661Where is the most unusual place you have had lunch?

Marcella xx

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8 thoughts on “Solar Powered Restaurant

  1. Chilean food looks and sounds DELICIOUS! Especially the pebre you speak of 🙂 What a unique place that you can see your food being cooked- I love that. Great photos as well!

  2. Wow! I love the idea of a solar oven! What a great idea! I had a similar experience in Lanzarote (one of the Canary Islands) where they serve chicken cooked with the heat from a volcano! Such a cool concept!

  3. Wow! I’ve never heard of a solar powered restaurant before. I think it’s a great idea, especially in rural/developing areas that don’t have reliable electricity. It seems to be safer and better for the environment than cooking over a fire.

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