IF YOU have no idea what to eat for dinner and where to go, pay Knowhere a visit.
The catchy name definitely stands out in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, even more so if you are familiar with the movies from the Marvel franchise.
“The name Knowhere is inspired by a place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe,” said restaurant owner and Marvel fan Shalini Surian.
“It is the severed Celestial head featured in the Guardians of the Galaxy movie and there is a bar there.”
Stepping into the restaurant, a long bar greets diners, while the wall facing the bar is hand-painted with keyholes by muralists and graffiti artists.
“The wall depicts wormholes which transport diners to different worlds.
“The idea is to give our customers a taste of global comfort food with Malaysian flavours,” said Shalini.
“J.R.R. Tolkien once said, ‘Not all those who wander are lost’, the difference between going nowhere and knowing where you’re going is knowledge.”
She said the restaurant serves a wide variety of options, from Western steak and pasta to a myriad of rice dishes.
A bowl of aromatic Thai-inspired wild mushroom soup is a more than decent way to start the meal.
The restaurant’s version of mushroom soup is unlike any other as tom kha, a coconut soup that has a piquant fragrance and creamy texture, is added.
It has a strong milky taste that teases the palate and the dish comes with a slice of bread.
But, by far my favourite dish here was the Fume Duck.
The succulent smoked duck breast dipped in a pool of sherry reduction was served with mashed potatoes, vegetables and seared plums.
Its juicy pink flesh was cooked to perfection and complements the sweet gravy.
Adding sambal into an Italian pasta dish is not uncommon nowadays, but Knowhere’s Sambal Smoked Salmon Pasta provides quite a spicy kick.
It has a rich Italian sambal tomato sauce with a decent portion of smoked salmon slices topping the dish.
Diners with a low tolerance for chillies may find this dish a tad too spicy, while those who are in for a challenge would find it enjoyable.
Also on the menu are two different pizza flavours.
The Nang Nak Knowhere features jackfruit, onion, tomato and mozzarella cheese, while the Duck Confit pizza is a flambe-style pizza with onion marmalade, fresh plums as well as duck and onion confit.
The rather interesting combination of sweet aromatic jackfruit and sourish sauce in the Nang Nak Knowhere pizza adds a burst of flavour to the meal.
The Duck Confit pizza, on the other hand, offers an exquisite medley of flavours.
Meat lovers can also go for the whole roasted chicken leg served with chat potato fries and roasted vegetables as well as the Un-quarter Pounder burger served with a patty made in-house, mushrooms, gherkins and peppers on a bed of arugula and soubise sauce.
For sharing with friends, one can order the Seafood Platter, which has four items – garlic tomato salsa prawns, grilled calamari, sambal mussels and crispy baby shrimp.
The crispy baby shrimp was addictive while the grilled calamari went well with the sambal belacan salsa.
Diners can also top up their meal with a mango lassi drink, which has a rich fragrance and thick texture.
KNOWHERE BANGSAR, 50, Jalan Maarof, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur. (Tel: 010-220 2358). Business hours: 4pm to 1am (Mon to Tues), 4pm to 2am (Wed to Fri), 11am to 2am (Sat) and 11am to midnight (Sun).
This is the writer’s personal observation and not an endorsement by StarMetro.