Cranky Fins

Cranky Fins
Palm Beach

Palm Beach ~ April 14, 2015
Activities / Australia / Eat/Drink / New South Wales / People

Cranky Fins crew, Palm Beach

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.

Cranky Fins Palm Beach.

Good food and useful quotes. Photo: Tom Ross.

 

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.

Packed house is the norm. Photo: Tom Ross.

Packed house is the norm. Photo: Tom Ross.

 

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.

That holiday feel. Photo: Tom Ross.

That holiday feel. Photo: Tom Ross.

 

As fresh as it looks. Photo: Tom Ross.

As fresh as it looks. Photo: Tom Ross.

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.

Getting refreshed. Photo: Tom Ross.

Getting refreshed. Photo: Tom Ross.

 

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.

No shortage of Rodney Dangerfield types on show. Photo: Tom Ross.

No shortage of Rodney Dangerfield types on show. Photo: Tom Ross.

 

When asked if I live and breathe surf – hell yes! I plan to retire in my beach shack in six years.

Endless summer. Photo: Tom Ross.

Endless summer. Photo: Tom Ross.

 

THE TOPS

Coffee:
Boathouse, love their style.

Shop/boutique:
Bassike, Avalon

Holiday destination:
Coasters Retreat, The Basin

Activity:
Salt water fly fishing

Local knowledge:
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.

Everything in it's right place. Photo: Tom Ross.

Everything in it’s right place. Photo: Tom Ross.

 

Cranky Fins
1 Beach Road, Palm Beach NSW
Ph: + 61 2 9974 1159
website // facebook // instagram

Down on the corner. Photo: Tom Ross.

Down on the corner. Photo: Tom Ross.

 

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