For our last lunch in San Diego, we decided to go light as we planned an early dinner with our friends Ciara and David, before our flight home. So I found this seafood place that had a couple of vegetarian options for Jodi called Ironside Fish and Oysters. Located in Little Italy, this restaurant is quite big and has a beautiful sea themed decor, especially the wall full of piranhas…
The menu, printed on a daily basis, based on the catch of the day, offers a nice selection, from the raw bar to seafood a la plancha. I admit that we would not have had that early dinner, I would have probably tried their lobster (grilled or a la plancha), served with clarified butter and béarnaise sauce. Instead, I chose their octopus a la plancha, served with chorizo and olives, like a chorizo tapenade and a play on surf and turf. I loved it: the octopus was perfectly cooked, not rubbery at all, and paired well with the chorizo that added a nice saltiness to the dish.
At the same time, I was sipping a cucumber mint lemonade that was delicious and refreshing.
At that point came the 6 oysters I ordered : I asked for a mix rather than having 6 of the same. I do not remember which one was which, at the exception of the Ironside select from Washington State that was the largest one. There was also: Nautilus and Kumiai from Baja, Phantom Creek from British Columbia, and Mirada and Sapphire from Washington State. All tasted very fresh and satisfied my craving for oysters.
On her side, Jodi got the persimmon and burrata salad that was pretty good.
Overall, we had a nice meal at Ironside Fish and Oysters in San Diego. When we left the place was packed, making me think it is a popular spot for seafood. I would definitely go back there and this time try their lobster...
Enjoy (I did)!
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Ironside Fish and Oysters - 1654 India Street, San Diego, CA92101