By Crystal Chong
If you’re a Marvel fan, the name ‘Knowhere’ might ring a bell. Inspired by the interdimensional crossroads where intergalactic travellers gather, Knowhere, located in Bangsar, is a portal to faraway dimensions.
Of course, it’s also a restaurant and bar serving pork-free dishes and artisanal cocktails, balancing between the excitement of global cuisine and the familiarity of local flavours.
Stepping inside the restobar, you will find yourself under a blanket of fairy lights, setting you up for an out-of-this-world dining experience. You will also find a mural of keyholes, each acting as a doorway to surreal spaces. Ready for the adventure?
Knowhere is for all occasions, whether you’re with friends, on a date or dining alone. Pasta lovers can find comfort in the Ulam Pesto, beautifully cooked spaghetti with ulam (Malaysian-style salad) and kaffir lime pesto, or the Sambal Smoked Salmon, spaghetti served in rich Italian sambal-tomato sauce and topped with slices of smoked salmon.
Continuing with the union of international and local flavours are the pizzas. The Nang Nak Knowhere, for example, is topped with onions, tomatoes, mozzarella and jackfruit. There’s also the Italian Mutton Kari – classic mutton curry on an Italian crust pizza with a tomato base. Also opt for the sliders, such as the Un-Quarter Pounder (house-made patty with mushrooms, gherkins and peppers on a bed of arugula served with soubise sauce) and Krispy Burger (crispy boneless chicken leg with roasted vegetables and Monterey Jack cheese).
To get your protein in, go for dishes from the Rare & Roasted menu. Two of our top picks are the Fumed Duck (smoked duck breast served with apple cider reduction, mash, vegetables and seared plums) and the Wild Seabass Vongole Velouté (seared deep-sea bass with clam velouté and house-made sherry caviar).
If you’re the kind who likes a bit of everything, you’d be happy to find the range of tapas available. Some must-tries are the Burnt Butter Steak (seared, sliced flank steak drizzled with chilli burnt butter sauce), Grilled Calamari (fresh squid from the South China Sea grilled with sambal belacan salsa) and Nyonya Barramundi (seared, pickled sea bass with turmeric and lime chilli).
There’s also the special Rasa Lagenda menu, inspired by legendary actor and musician P. Ramlee’s favourite dishes. Order from the Bujang Lapok (à la carte) menu or prepare for a feast with the set menus. For starters, there’s the Abu Hassan Pen-churros (deep- fried banana churros served with peanut butter sauce) and Tanya Sambal Hati (salted fish served with a spicy sambal sauce and coconut turmeric glutinous rice). Moving on to the mains, have a taste of the Kari Ikan Ahmad Albab (thick, hearty fish and okra curry cooked with traditional spices) and Madu Tiga Mexicana – quesadillas with an ayam goreng berempah (Malaysian-style spiced, fried chicken) filling, served with a spicy curry cheese sauce. Then, for a sweet treat to end your meal with, go for the Chendol Abadi (iced dessert with a mixture of coconut milk, gula hitam and fresh milk, topped with cendol, kidney beans, cincau and jackfruit) or the Kalau Kachang Menjadi Intan (green beans cooked with coc nut milk, gula melaka and blue pea sago).
BRING THE UNIVERSE HOME
Whether you live in Bukit Damansara or Putrajaya, order takeaway or delivery at knowherebangsar.oddle.me. You can pre-order as early as two weeks in advance, and with every order made through the platform, RM5 will be donated to a partner NGO of your choice or to the #ShieldThemUp initiative which manufactures Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for frontliners. For more information, get in touch with the Knowhere team at 010-2202358.
However, if you choose to dine at Knowhere after the MCO is lifted, you can expect new safety procedures, such as a one-metre distance between tables, temperature checks and eve more regular deep-cleaning of the outlet.
Address: Knowhere Bangsar *contemporary fusion (pork-free)
50, Jalan Maarof, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 010-220 2358