You stumble across a gem like Cranky Fins every now and again, and not as often as you’d like. They serve up fish and chips with a Mexi-fusion twist and a surfer-may-care attitude. In this retro-fit Palm Beach oasis they’re relaxed as a lazy tide. It’s cheerful, and it feels like home.
ANDY RUWARLD: I’m one of the owners of Sejuiced, Bucket List Bondi Beach and Motel Mexicola Bali (and Cranky Fins). I like to eat, drink and love what I do. I’ve been in the business since 1990 and cannot imagine doing anything else.
I lived in Whale Beach a while back (pre 1990s) and fell in love with the restaurant in Beach Road which is now the home of Cranky Fins. The whole place had a great relaxed holiday feel. I had always wanted to own a restaurant like this. When the opportunity came up I decided to create beach shack at Palm Beach.
The name came from my cranky smartass son – Finn! (Not really! It just came about in some weird way.)
I felt there was a gap in the market for beachside food under $20. The menu features tacos, prawns, fish and chips, fresh seasonal salads and the best chilli margaritas you’ve ever had. James Brown designed our beach shack – not the singer – a designer from South Australia.
In an average day I drink 10 Chilli Margaritas and eat a bunch of tacos, then go for a surf. You choose which order I should do this in.
When asked if I live and breathe surf – hell yes! I plan to retire in my beach shack in six years.
Boathouse, love their style.
Coasters Retreat, The Basin
Salt water fly fishing
Have you met my cranky neighbour?!
Best road trip:
Are you serious? The best road trips are those you can’t remember.
Dream road trip:
To remember the last one.