By Scott Roane
De Kompaszaal (The Compass Hall) is a Grand Café and restaurant located in the historic 1950s departure hall of the former KNSM (Royal Dutch Shipping Company). The hall offers fantastic views over the IJ river and the terrace is said to be the most spectacular in Amsterdam with sun the whole day and evening.
The lunch menu offers a basic selection of reasonably priced club sandwiches, filled rolls and some typical Dutch items such as uitsmijters (fried eggs, ham and cheese on toast), as well as a range of snacks. The evening menu has main courses starting at around Euro 15, or a 3 course menu of the month for Euro 25. The menu has an Italian influence, with the likes of veal wrapped in Parma ham served with Milanese risotto and green asparagus, and freshly made spaghetti vongole.
Aside from its special atmosphere, the Compass Hall also stages regular events which can make your stay in Amsterdam a little bit more special.
- Fridays 21:00-01:00 – Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to be transported back to the 1950s with a live big band.
- 1st Sunday of the month from 16:00 – Jazzlicious live jazz. Free entry.
- 3rd Sunday of the month – Time for Tango – beginners welcome.
- Wednesday-Sunday 13:00 -15:30 High Tea (Euro 17.50).
De Kompaszaal is located a 10-minute tram ride from central station in the docklands area of Amsterdam. Or arrive in style by water taxi. You pay exactly as you would in a normal taxi, via the meter. Show your taxi receipt and each person receives a complimentary drink with lunch or dinner. For details of rates and reservations visit www.water-taxi.nl.
Address:KNSM-Laan 311, 1019 LE Amsterdam, The Netherlands