Top bloke Ryan Ginns is a young restaurateur doing great things in Sydney. He is a Bloody Mary fiend, as evidenced by that time he whipped up a damn fine looking BM for our pals Mishka (watch below!), will undoubtedly give you some serious travel FOMO, and is about to go ride his motorbike around India for charity.
We had a chat to him about the above and these are his stories...
Madeleine Woon: What are you up to at the moment?
Ryan Ginns: At the moment, I'm pretty tied up with the restaurant bar called Luis Tan that I opened up recently in Bondi. It's kind of mix of Latin American and Asian food. That's been keeping me pretty occupied. Other than that, I've just been working on a charity that I started — we're doing a motorbike ride through India early next year to raise money for multiple sclerosis research in Australia. My mum's got MS and I've always had this idea to do a ride through India, so I figured why not start a charity around it.
Where are your favourite places in Sydney to go out?
I'm more of a restaurant kind of guy. I'd prefer to go out with a few friends, start early and end early. One of my good buddies from the Sunshine Coast just opened up a good spot on Crown St called Master — they're doing their own contemporary Chinese thing. Manly's got some good nice little spots at the moment too; especially this new Japanese restaurant that's just opened called Sunset Sabi. Mary's in Newtown is always great.
You seem like a pretty avid traveller, what have been your standout travel memories so far?
I did a bunch of cool surf trips when I was growing up over in Indo, which were amazing. I also did a season in Canada snowboarding and I was actually in Mexico at the time, and I bumped into a friend who convinced me to come to this small redneck town called Revelsgrove. There ended up being 25 of us from the Sunshine Coast in this little town, and at first I was a bit hesitant 'cause it seems super clichéd to have a bunch of Australians in a ski town, but it turned out to be the most amazing season. That was one travel memory that really stood out for me.
So you're going on a motorbike trip around India. Do you have any other overseas motorbike experiences to draw on?
Nope, not one [laughs]. And the partner I'm doing it with only has one leg and hasn't really ridden a motorbike ever, so that's going to be interesting. I feel pretty at home on a motorbike; I've always ridden them. I've never been to India though, so I'm pretty pumped for that. Once I've done this one and proved to myself that I can do it, I’d be keen to do another trip, around South America.
Do you prefer being in crowds or alone?
I like being around people, but if I had a choice of being with a close bunch of friends and being around a huge crowd of people, I'd definitely take the former. I'm not a recluse, but I get bored of crowds pretty easily.
Who inspires you?
One of my buddies — his brother was my best friend growing up — Trent Evans owns the skateboard company Passport, and is a part owner of the beer company Grifter. I've always looked up to him; he's always stuck to his guns. He's really made a mark and everything he does is distinctly him, in his designs. I also really admire the ethics of his company. We stock his beer; and it's by far the best seller so it's good to be able to give back to him in a way. But yeah, creatively I've always looked up to him and that crew.
Where are your favourite places around Sydney to go on an adventure?
I love going over to the Northern Beaches — it really feels like home and I've got heaps of mates over there. Also the Hunter Valley, there's so many cool little pubs and everyone is so friendly, it's crazy. You go to a pub and no one is on their phone, it's just nice. People have a smile and it feels like they actually give a shit talking to you.
Are Bloody Mary's your favourite cocktail?
Yeah, definitely. I love a Bloody Mary. I'm really weird, I'll order them at any time.
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