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“Wanted: new Chef please!”
Review of Kompaszaal

Kompaszaal
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Ranked #2,045 of 4,141 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Price range: $28 - $35
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: Eastern Docklands (Oostelijk Havengebied)
Reviewed May 1, 2013

There are many things that make this place a very very good option, especially on sunny afternoons. The decor is classic, 40's-early 60's "Jazz Era", and no matter where you sit it is a room with a view. From the marbled pillars inside to the industrial harbour view, complete with ships of all descriptions sailing by on the IJ just outside your window seats. There are also terrace tables available for those who like the warm sun and the sea breeze while sipping teas or a enjoying a crispy light salad. The staff is at all times very friendly, doing their best to keep things "gezellige", which is Dutch for pleasant. The menu is inviting, to say the least. A great mix of starters, entrees, and desserts...which, to judge by the loving descriptions, would seem to justify the slightly higher than average prices. So far, so very, very good. Then the food arrives and one thinks...is the chef off tonite? The portions are adequate but not generous. Presentation? There are school lunches that look better on the plate. And then comes the tasting. You ask yourself..did anyone on staff try this before serving? If only the attention that had gone into decor, choosing service personnel, the menu..if only that attention had been shown in the kitchen then I would have had no problem giving this establishment a very good rating. But as it is....given the cafeteria quality meal and the hotel quality pricing, well... it's a nice place to visit but I wouldn't want to eat there...until they hire a new chef!

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1  Thank Shai S
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Reviewed December 31, 2012

food is nice but not so refined as you might expect after reading the menu. my choice was a piece of meat which was not so tender and a pasta which was overcooked. All was a bit out of balance as a dish. My daughter had the vegetarian open ravioli dish which was delicious and rich. the goatcheese with lentils was a good choice as well. as a surprise we could participate in a charleston danceclass which was held in the big diningroom just after dinner. great fun!

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Reviewed November 25, 2011

Went here for dinner with my husband, the food was excellent! Good portions and great taste! The service was fine, nice waiters and waitress. Would recommend, especially for tourists, because of its nice and beautiful location.

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Reviewed June 1, 2009

As it is a bit off the mainstream track, due to its location in the KNSM-island, you really need to know of the existence of this restaurant/cafe. Otherwise you would not stumble across it. It's located in an old harbour building with a huge amount of original details which blend in nicely with the functional/modern furniture. When you're in the restaurant you become part of the history of the building (see also the mini exposition on the ground floor which explains more) and its welcome atmosphere.

There is a terrace overlooking the IJ and the sun hits the terrace at app. 6 PM making this is good place to settle down. Last week we came along to have a drink after work. While the whole of Amsterdam was crowded with sun-seeking guests, this place is still so unnoticed that the terrace was cosy and not too crowded (while being in the sun).. We had a nice white wine and antipasti and decided to also have dinner which was remarkably good; very fine bearnaise suace to go wit the stake and a good salsa verder with the fish. Service was relaxed and committed.

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Reviewed January 2, 2009

Lots of space in this restuarant, located in an old harbour bulding. Nice terras from where you can watch boats floating by. And the food is worthwhile too!

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