Compass Restaurant Bar Bakery

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Charoen Prathet Road, 50100 Chiang Mai, Thailand
090 832 4613 (Eng) - 080 497 9398 (Thai)
18.7848238, 99.0029278

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Compass is another great addition to farang food near the night bazar. Formerly West restaurant which was located on Huay Kaew rd., chef and owner David has moved to this part of town to present his great dishes and especially mouth-watering desserts.
ร้าน WEST เก่าตรงข้ามฮิลล์ไซคอนโด 4 ย้ายมาอยู่ ถนนเจริญประเทศ ย่านไนท์บาซาร์
FB: Compass. Open 11am-11pm



Delicate farang food & desserts at a walk away from the nightbazar
Cuisine: western food and desserts
Rating: ★★★★☆
Recommended dishes: John Dory, salmon
Price indication: reasonable; average meal about THB 300 up

At first sight, Compass appears to be a brand new restaurant but those who have been in Chiang Mai quickly recognize the farang chef and the menu: it's David who used to be in Nimmanhaemin area for years in his former restaurant West.
The area where West used to be has currently been flattened to make way for another huge condominium project, so probably David was forced out and finally decided to make his way to the riverside. Bad luck turns to good luck, because this part of town has more food lovers than Nimman, so his business goes better than ever.
Another proof that the best food is not in Nimman, simply because there is not much food-loving crowd, these people are more in the old town and riverside.
I've known West and David for years, and to me it's a great plus to have him here in this part of town.

David is a great chef with great knowledge about food. You'll taste a delicacy in his dishes, especially  when he's more engaged in preparing it. His staff is kind and charming, but mastery in cooking always gets diluted through delegation. Some say the ultimate proof of his cooking is in the pudding, and indeed the desserts look and taste very good.

In the past I found the mashed potato always a bit too buttery, but nowadays it's much lighter, probably because a different staff is preparing it. The John Dory fillet in sweet sauce is quite nice, in fact he made a very nice dish out of simple ingredients. The pastas here are okay but less good than in a proper Italian, because the pasta is rarely al dente and some of the sauces are so so (Puttanesca). So my clear preference for his dishes are purely farang dishes, such as fish with potato, goulash, duck breasts and alike.

When the place gets a little busy, you've got to wait a little, there isn't that much space, but the staff and David are always friendly. For insiders, there is a rooftop where you can chill out with some views, but this creates more staircase runs for good old David, so let's spare him if it's not too busy. It would be a good place for a party, though.

Located just across from the Iron Bridge, at 5 min distance from another popular farang restaurant the Duke's, this is a great alternative and definitely more delicate.

After sticking to West for many years, it looks like David has finally found home with his Compass.


"If you fancy some nice western food near the night bazar, try Compass. This place is cozy and offers some great home-made yet tasty dishes. I find this food more subtle than the Duke's, which is just on the other side of the Iron Bridge. It's not a big place, and they're just new in this location, so there's no aircon yet, but the dishes are really worth it. Not huge portions, but big enough for most people. Also, keep some space in your stomach for the best: the desserts. There are some 6 different kinds, all of them look absolutely gorgeous and you can't find this kind of quality easily. Not too sweet, delicate taste, very well done. The roll meringue cake with mango and passion fruit is awasome. This is a place for slow food, enjoy your meal in good company. I haven't tried all of the dishes but a lot of them are quite good. Next on my list are the beef stews and goulash. At about 200-300 baht per dish, I find the prices here very reasonable for the quality that you get. The restaurant quickly fills up because it's not so big, but I've been told there is also an upstairs with a rooftop, must be great.

The owner is a friendly foreigner called David who's been in town for many years and he ran a restaurant in another part of town. It seems he's doing much better here.
It's called restaurant bar and bakery, the restaurant and bakery are certainly offering you value. If you want to drink, perhaps take a glass of wine or go upstairs."

John Dory with lime sauce

Salmon pie

Beef stew

Spaghetti bolognaise

Mixed green salad

Some of the many desserts

David's "world-famous" sticky date

Location: Charoen Prathet. Follow Charoen Prathet up north coming from the Chedi and pass the Iron Bridge on your right. It's right after that, on your left.
Open: every day


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