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.
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.
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.
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 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