Colin Fassnidge opens suburban Sydney pub Banksia Bistro

Chef Colin Fassnidge and head chef Leigh McDivitt at Banksia Bistro.
Chef Colin Fassnidge and head chef Leigh McDivitt at Banksia Bistro.  Photo: Edwina Pickles

Since selling his Paddington pub Four in Hand, Colin Fassnidge has missed pub life so much, he's opened a new suburban venue. The My Kitchen Rules judge is now dishing up crab on toast and suckling pig sausage rolls at the just-open Banksia Bistro, in Banksia, just south of Sydney airport.

While Fassnidge's famed social media feuds with other chefs have spread far and wide, his food ventures have until now centred on Paddington and Surry Hills.

"Monarch Hotels has given us the kitchen at the Banksia Hotel, we'll hopefully bring more life to it and attract a new demographic with the food. It'll be exactly like the Four in Hand counter meals we used to do in Paddington.

Suckling pig sausage roll at Banksia Bistro.
Suckling pig sausage roll at Banksia Bistro.  Photo: Edwina Pickles

"We'll have bigger menus on the weekends, we might do a suckling pig or a Sunday roast. The old carpet has been ripped up and the space given a bit of an overhaul," Fassnidge says.

The TV chef skirted rumours there are already plans for additional venues.

"We'll see how this one goes first," he says. Would he ever reboot in Paddington? "You never know."

Chef Colin Fassnidge arrived in Australia thanks to a 457 visa.
Chef Colin Fassnidge arrived in Australia thanks to a 457 visa. Photo: Edwina Pickles

Open daily for dinner; Fri-Sun for lunch.

288 Princes Highway, Banksia, 02 9567 6389