Cranky Fins Holidae Inn at Palm Beach

After the Palm Beach crawl, which is pretty much bumper to bumper from the city, it’s time for some sustenance.  And what better way than taking the opportunity to try out the latest beachside place and have lunch at Cranky Fins Holidae Inn.

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Inside Cranky Fins at Palm Beach

Cranky Fins has just opened in Beach Road at Palm Beach north opposite the Golf Club. It’s a beachside /island life themed diner/bar – the design, like the non Cape Cod version of The Fish Shop in Potts Point Sydney. There’s signs and artwork crammed around the walls – created by surfer/artist Ozzie Wright, Mambo designer Gerry Wedd and artist James Brown.  Cranky Fins Holidae Inn Palm Beach is the offspring of The Bucket List at Bondi Beach in Sydney – from Bucket List owner Andy Ruwald and head chef Tom Walton.

cranky fins palm beach - beachside sydney cafe & bar

Cranky Fins – Palm Beach

Lunch time on a Sunday in high summer at Palm Beach, one of Sydney’s million $$$$$ spot for holiday homes of the rich and famous.  Cranky Fins is packed with the Palm Beach crowd – lots of families with kids, people who have just come from the beach etc.  I bet they are more Rolexes and Black Amex in this beachside diner than anywhere in Sydney – have you got the drift yet?  Easy and relaxed menu – lots of seafood and all very casual – ceviche, cemitas, whole fish, tacos, prawns in a bucket – almost the same as Bucket List’s menu as you’d expect – the head chef of both is Tom Walton. Drinks (because there’s a substantial bar inside) – a tight wine list, beers on tap including James Squires Cider (refreshing on a hot day) and some homegrown cocktails like a bellini with elderflower and grapefruit.

Cranky fins at palm beach - beachside sydney cafe & bar

Tacos – Cranky Fins

We tried the crisp crab cakes w ranch sauce ($19), house cured tuna pastrami w pickles and tomato Catalan bread ($18) and iceberg wedge salad w. radish and raunch sauce ($7). The crab cakes had a good crunch on the outside and hot on the inside but not particularly exciting with flavour, the tuna – the encrusted chillii on the tuna added spice as well as the jalapenos.  The food was fresh, tasty and easy to eat.

Cranky Fins Palm Beach Beachside sydney cafe diner

Crab cakes – Cranky Fins

Cranky Fins Palm Beach Beachside sydney cafe /bar

House cured tuna pastrami – Cranky Fins

Cranky Fins Palm Beach Beachside sydney cafe and bar

Iceberg wedge salad – Cranky Fins

This is a DIY diner at the beach – you place your own order at the bar – both food and drinks, came quickly and it was very, very busy.

Cranky Fins Palm Beach Beachside sydney cafe bar

Bucket of prawns – Cranky Fins

Cranky Fins will be a welcome addition to the Palm Beach cafe/bar choice – it delivers very casual, lots of fun beachside dining.  It is what it is.

Cranky Fins Holidae Inn

1 Beach Road, Palm Beach NSW       Crank Fins Holidae Inn Website Cranky Fins on Urbanspoon    

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