Ironfish featured in Richmond magazine.

Ironfish by Pescados was mentioned in Richmond magazine’s January issue as one of Richmond’s best new restaurants. Creative by Micheal Sparks Design: branding, web, and social media.

The article in Richmond reads as follows: Second chances are a great thing. After originally opening as The White Anchovie and experiencing a few hiccups, Todd Manley, chef-owner of two other Pescados restaurants (Midlothian and China Street), transformed his newest seafood palace into Ironfish. Applying the motto of “fresh fish and local farms by Pescados,” has has succeeded in bringing his culinary philosophy to Short Pump.

The fresh squid is a sensational starter. Still glistening from its hot oil bath, the tender morsels kissed lightly with cornmeal are tossed with pickled banana peppers and shallots. A squirt of lemon juice adds pizzazz. Other standouts are the crispy whole branzino and big, fat, perfectly seared scallops. Key lime pie with mango whipped cream is a sublime taste of the tropics.

The low-key décor is serene and somewhat minimalist, but with flashes of whimsy, such as the namesake ironfish that hangs near the bar. A large spherical light fixture covered in metal waves just dares you to touch it— and many do.

For more info on Richmond magazine and Ironfish.