Not only Arnhem, but Nijmegen is getting more interesting as well. Lovely initiatives are rising quickly as in my own town. Like “De Meesterproef”. This restaurant is located in the old Honig factory situated at the Waalbanddijk in Nijmegen since January 2014. In the he coil kitchen, actually. During that time, products with E-numbers were made here. Nowadays they are cooking fresh, local and delicious, just for you. What a great and original place to have lunch or dinner.
I am fond of this industrial style, and in an old factory it blends even better with the surroundings. Wood, stone, iron pipes and the details are amazing. A bicycle on the wall? An old Persian carpet? Different chairs? A sign that says cattle feed? An open kitchen? A huge table with wine in the middle? Huge silos with the wine list scrawled on? A shuffleboard? Here, nothing surprises me. It fits and blend together with the old factory. When you’re walking in you can smell it already: fresh cooking. Take a look around and you see cooks running around, cooking with passion, out in the open. Traditionally, that is the word. Everything they can is prepared by themselves, from turning sausages to brining, smoking, making own chutney ‘s, mustard…Even the beer is self made. Many of these delicacies are for sale. Ingredients that they don’t prepare themselves come from the neighborhood, local farmers and other companies. When you order a dish you get tickets to tell exactly what sea the fish comes from, which bakery has baked the bread and where the cow grazed around the corner. I like.
And I admit: a restaurant that welcomes me with several gin tonics does something with my mind. And they taste good. When I see the menu, my doubting character kicks in. Really, everything looks amazing. Fine prices too. I enjoy a culinary evening and sample everything, drinking all that I can and become more enthusiastic and excited. The atmosphere is fine, I realize that I am enjoying for four hours already. Yes, the Meesterproef is a must. Traditional and pure, even the name has that. In the middle ages, the Meesterproef was a test that had to be done by a craftsman to show that he had his craft under control. This was done in order to protect the local population from poor quality. Master trial succeeded, I have to say.