Ironside Fish & Oyster, the latest project of Consortium Holdings, opened a few months ago and has become one of the most popular new spots in San Diego. The interior is quite impressive, with its extensive bar, a piranha wall, mermaid and octopus tentacle light holders, and a raw bar.
After quite a few of my friends praised the restaurant, I had to check it out for myself.
Chef’s Choice Oysters (shigoku, kumiai, penn cove, hood canal, fish point, fanny bay)
With oyster in the name, we had to try them out. There were six choices available that day so we chose a plate of 6, with one of each. We really enjoyed these oysters and liked the accompanying relish and lemon condiments. They were fresh and not at all briny, though a little on the pricey side at nearly $3 a pop.
1 lb Lobster Roll
The lobster roll was served on a buttery toasted roll, with a side of herb fries. Lobster rolls are usually mixed with mayonnaise or butter. The version here combines both, by tossing the lobster meat in a butter mayonnaise. If you love dipping your lobster in butter, you’ll probably really enjoy this. I’ve never been a huge butter person (I don’t even like spreading butter on bread), so the butter was a little too overwhelming for me since it was on both the lobster and the roll.
Mr. K chose a yellowtail sandwich. Again, the sandwich was accompanied with a pile of golden fries. We both really enjoyed his sandwich, with had a very fresh piece of fish fillet and cole slaw. For $12 this was quite reasonable.
Overall, we had a good time here. We found it pricey, but it’s a great atmosphere and a good place to visit with friends. You can view the lunch and dinner menu on Eater. They accept reservations, which is definitely recommended if you are planning to come here for dinner.