When Bas Hoebink, the owner of restaurant De Firma and De Meesterproef, visited Sydney he fell in love with the beach clubs (especially Coogee Pavilion), the outdoors and how the Australian people managed to combine hospitality with elegance and class. He knew instantly that he wanted to bring that Australian atmosphere to De Firma in Nijmegen.

Love for Australia

I don’t know if you have been to De Firma before. I have and I still remember it as a dark bistro style restaurant. For those of you who follow me here for some time already know how much I love Sydney and Melbourne and how those cities are, in my eyes, true hotspot-capitals. I like the development of seeing the Australian influences around the world – Two Hands in New York for example is from two guys from Sydney, The Slow on Bali is run by an Ozzie and if you walk into cool coffee place Ob-la-di in Paris you’ll meet a barista from Australia as well. Anyway: the standards are high if you want to compete with A+ Down Under hotspots.

Blue and white tiles on the floor

So when I entered the restaurant with a very convenient location on the river Waal my jaws drop. The owner didn’t even work with an architect and he knew how to create this fantastic atmosphere. Everything was white, warm wooden floors, blue and white tiles on the floor, a white bar, beautiful chairs, plants in the window. Lovely with a capital L. Bas: ‘After the industrial restaurant trend I think we’re ready for more complete restaurants. Complete as in more thought-through, more quality.’


Fresh fish

The restaurant is completely new. They are now also open for lunch (and still for dinner), they have a new chef and a new menu. On the menu you’ll find fresh fish: ‘Depends on what the day brings but could be seabass or salmon for example. Other recommendations are the crispy pork belly, pulled mushrooms and the roasted chicken.’ When I left the restaurant I saw the High Tea being served at the terrace to two women. With the beautiful view over the bridge (where the sun goes down) you will also enjoy to sit outside. But only if it’s your second visit, because first you’ll have to enjoy the beautiful interior inside. Deal?


Check out: 



1 Comment

  • Franziska

    27.06.2017 at 16:50 Reply

    Leuke fotos – leuke tegels!!

Leave a Reply