Forces of Nature

Cooking with lava in AlUla, Saudi Arabia – home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hegra

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Open: 18th – 26th February 2022 (NOW CLOSED)

 

A culinary world-first situated at the Shlal Canyon

For the first of its kind event, Bompas & Parr offered diners an incredible opportunity to eat sumptuous local produce, cooked across a stream of molten lava heated to a staggering 1350 degrees Celsius. The studio’s venture built on the ground-breaking work of one of the world's foremost experts in molten rock, Prof. Robert Wysocki from Syracuse University in New York.

Lava technicians poured out the molten rocks in a performance spectacle, where guests’ dinner was cooked across fresh hot lava, seared to perfection in mere seconds, or smoked, roasted and grilled over three roaring fire pits. This immersive experience featured a phenomenal set menu with the finest of local ingredients. Bompas & Parr teamed up with regional suppliers to bring to life the heart of a volcano at the table.

 

Magical landscapes

Set under the night sky, guests journeyed to the heart of the sublime Shallal Canyon, guided by torchlight through a bespoke sound and light installation.

Saudi Arabia spans over 200 dormant volcanos, creating some of the most beautiful volcanic landscapes in the world. The limestone of AlUla was formed between 541 and 251 million years ago, during the Paleozoic Era creating the rock-faces that allowed habitation that are synonymous with AlUla. Visitors experienced the distinctive geology of the region, its sandstone canyons and black lunar volcanic plateaus in an immersive way.

 

Fresh from the fire

Drawing on the raw power of nature, the Forces of Nature set menus prepared by our expert pit-masters were inspired by the origins of cooking on open flames, featuring whole salt baked celeriac, charred fillets of beef finished across molten lava, and pit-roasted saddles of goat, grilled across fire pits. Drink offerings included smoked, flamed and charred cocktails, as well as coffee and tea and a heated table side with red-hot loggerheads (drink pokers), fresh from the fire.

 

Forces of Nature was conceived in conjunction with Incense Road - a multi-sensory dining experience inspired by an epic episode of history, celebrating AlUla’s legacy at the heart of the Incense Road.