MKR’s celebrity chef Colin Fassnidge has opened Banksia Bistro, where Head Chef Leigh McDivitt (ex-ONE6EIGHT) leads the kitchen team. The recently renovated Banksia Hotel features a bright and minimalist dining space, which shares the bar with the sports area. The open kitchen allows diners a full view of the small brigade at work.
While the food style is pared right back to showcase the produce, expect to see glimpses of refinement in the sauces, and solid techniques underpinning the dishes. The playful bone marrow and pancetta jaffle is unapologetically rich, and similarly, the suckling pig sausage roll with apple puree is all about indulgence. The well-seasoned Batch APA lightly battered flathead, with chips and house tartar, is a simple dish, but so well executed. Traditional beef cheek pithivier, with pea puree and text-book red wine jus, transcends pub fare.
PSST! This family-friendly venue offers a dedicated play area for kids, so you can kick back and enjoy the food!