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The location. Not in the center, but in the old Honig factory somewhat outside the city. Once a place where they made soups, bouillon cubes and vermicelli and now the place de Meesterproef calls home. De Meesterproef opened its doors last week and is from the same owners as de Firma Nijmegen. You have to do your best to find the entrance (right behind the bazaar) and when you open the doors of the restaurant on the first floor you know your search was definitely worth it. It looks stunning! Mainly because they left all the industrial details there and added simple chairs and tables to it. From the tables upstairs you look out over the river and you will witness typical Dutch skies (one minute the sky is blue, the other minute it looks like it’s going to rain).


I like the fact that they really pay attention to the details: the aprons look amazing and when I’ve complimented the owner with the design he explained me that he saw a craftsman working in the factory with this apron. They really liked the design and now everyone at de Meesterproef wears it (look at the leather strips on the back, stunning!). So what’s on the menu? First of all they like to gather their ingredients from local farmers, they make in-house sausages and they sell soup and beer made in Nijmegen. The most popular dish on the menu is the ‘gestoofde runderwang’ with polenta fries, pure chocolate, home-made ketchup and mushrooms (18 euro, just like all the other main dishes). A three course menu will cost you 29,50 euro. De Meesterproef is open from 12 – late and for now only from Thursday to Sunday.


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