Despite its geographically ambiguous name, Knowhere is a venue very much grounded in a sense of place. The Spring Hill restaurant, which opened to the public in the final days of 2021, is driven by a commitment to locally sourced and produced goods, utilising skilful culinary craftsmanship to bring the best out of every thing that goes through the kitchen and bar. Located on the corner of Upper Edward Street and Astor Terrace, Knowhere posits itself as a hidden gem on the fringe of Brisbane City that can capably match the quality of the area’s high-end restaurants, delivering it in a colourful and laid-back setting. From the street-front coffee and takeaway window to the interior bar and dining space, Knowhere is saturated in colour. Designer Chris Schneider has crafted the venue’s visual concept in collaboration with Stuart Howard and Ben Milne of Brave Folk, taking cues from the work of surrealist master Salvador Dalí and luxury fashion icon Alexander McQueen to create an eclectic aesthetic. Knowhere wields colour to attention-grabbing effect – pink neon add an electric tinge to the atmosphere, multi-hued floral wallpaper softens the venue’s modern bones and martini-sipping flamingos add touches of eccentricity to the overall vibe. Roughly 80 seats are spread out across the inside restaurant and bar space and Knowhere’s alfresco patio, with a flexible layout perfect for accommodating standing functions.
Spearheading Knowhere’s kitchen is head chef Marty Coard (ex-Baja and Sirromet), who is relishing the opportunity to build a menu from sustainably, locally sourced ingredients of the highest quality. Marty and his crew are flexing their culinary muscle, drawing upon their deep well of expertise to break down whole protein and fish, dry ageing and curing morsels in house and utilising leftovers in savvy (and salivation-worthy) ways. A dry ageing cabinet houses an assortment of proteins like free-range pork from Borrowdale, premium full-blood wagyu from 2GR, pig from Black Label Birkshire and Aylesbury ducks – all of which is utilised across Knowhere’s in-house charcuterie offering and main menu. The charcuterie platter is loaded with helpings of chicken-liver parfait, smoked pork chorizo and Morcon salami, while a bar-snack menu features confit duck croquettes, a smoked pastrami jaffle with comte and salmon belly skewers. These serve as sublime tasters ahead of small plates like kingfish crudo with honeydew, Magra lamb ribs with charred spring-onion cream, and house ricotta with zhug and charred grapes. Knowhere’s steak could be a dark horse candidate for one of Brisbane’s best (especially at its price point), with its 250-g dry-aged smoked rump a mouth-watering must-try with a serve of potato gratin fries and sweet cherry tomatoes with katsuobushi cream on the side. Other sizeable selections include the 350-g Berkshire pork T-bone, dry-aged duck breast with lacto blueberry mole, seared sustainable Murray cod from Aquna with charred cucumber consume, and smoked eggplant with whipped avocado tofu. A new breakfast offering applies many of the kitchen’s killer techniques to day starters like salmon Benedicts with yuzu hollandaise.
Knowhere’s beverage list is overseen by Joel Gough (ex-Movida in Melbourne), who is applying an Australian-first lens to the cocktail, wine and beer selection. Barring one champagne, Knowhere’s wine list is exclusively Australian, with an assortment of vino celebrating the country’s diversity of climate while beers are sourced from independent brewers from Australian and New Zealand. The cocktail list is as vibrant as the venue, with colourful concoctions (made using native-Australian ingredients and Australian spirits, naturally) pairing with the surrounds as well as the food. Signatures like the Knowhere Ruby (rhubarb liquor, gin from Australian Distilling Co., lemon myrtle and lemon) and the Mango Missio (passionfruit liqueur, mango and triple sec) are stand-outs. The coffee window slings caffeine from Reverence Coffee Roasters, herbal teas, house-made chai, jaffles and banh mi, meaning that Knowhere is just as handy for grab-and-go eats as it is for sumptuous sit-down feasts.
Knowhere is open to the public – head to the Stumble Guide for operating hours and contact details.