Restaurant Guide

Fleet: Restaurant review

It's impossible not to feel looked after at Fleet, an 18-seater in Brunswick Heads that really keeps things local.

Address

Shop 2/16 The Terrace (via Fingal St)
Brunswick Heads, NSW
Australia

Hours

Lunch Thu-Sat 3pm-6pm, Sun noon-6pm;
Dinner Thu-Sat 6.30pm-11pm

Prices

E $12-$30
M $35
D $15

Small and perfectly formed, Fleet manages to feel both worldly and intimately connected to its setting all at once. There's faith placed in the good work of local producers, be it the sweet-sour jolt of Brazilian cherry muddled with gin and sake in an opening cocktail, or oysters grown in Brunswick Heads by Noel Baggaley and finished in Tweed River. And Josh Lewis brings an educated palate to bear on the spoils, complementing the creaminess of said oysters with the sharpness of sheep milk's yoghurt and shavings of macadamia, say. This is cooking that's both personal and present, the menu tweaked to suit your whims and dishes landing mere moments after being plated: the signature sweetbread schnitzel on soft white bread spread with a ton of anchovy mayonnaise is both crisp and hot, a congee of millet and mud crab is dressed with a single egg yolk warmed by the heat of the grains. The cosy 14-seat space, an exceptional wine list built with care and affection, and service about as warm and present as service gets only enhance the sense of immediacy. This is destination dining at its best. Don't miss it.
Phone:
(02) 6685 1363
Bookings:
Bookings essential
Features:
  • Licensed
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Wheelchair access
  • Outdoor dining
  • Impressive wine list
Accepted card types:
  • American Express
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa
Chef:
Josh Lewis
This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.