Looking for fresh and tasty sushi or sashimi in Taipei? Check out the city’s seafood Paradise: Addition Aquatic Development (上引水產).
Located at the Taipei Fish Market on Minzu East Road near Songshan Airport, a portion of the traditional fish market has recently been developed by Mitsui Food and Beverage Enterprise Group, and has transformed into one of Taipei’s newest and hottest places to eat.
Many of the older traditional market stalls are still around, and make for an great sightseeing spot before heading on to the new chic Addiction Aquatic Development to devour some incredible sushi.
Although Addiction Aquatic Development is not on a major road, you should not have much difficulty finding it, as the brand new complex stands out amongst the other buildings and stalls in the neighbourhood.
Arriving at the complex, fish fans will first walk through a section of clean modern fish tanks, reminding hungry eaters just how fresh all the food is that they are about to be feasting on. Once into the main complex, there is just one task remaining before being able to eat. That is selecting one of four styles of dining. One is indoor seated hot pot dining and another is outdoor bbq style dining. But if you want to take advantage of the freshness of the seafood, it is obvious that raw is the only way to go! Then the only question is; do you take your fish with rice (sushi) or without rice (sashimi).
We decided to go with sashimi in order to sample a larger variety of seafood. Both the sushi and sashimi bars are in the stand and eat fashion, which may not be appealing to those wishing to sit back and relax, but for others, it offers a unique dining experience that can often only be found in Japan.
Arriving at 1:30pm on a Saturday, the lunch crowd was starting to die down, and we only had to wait for about 5 minutes to be shown a spot at the sashimi bar. Having arrived an hour or so earlier would have surely resulted in long lines to be seated. This sushi area is even more popular, with long lines continuing after 3pm.
At the sashimi bar, there is a choice of 4-5 different sashimi sets, starting at NT$880 and going up to about NT$2000. There is also a decent menu of wines, beers, and Japanese sakes, most notably, 500ml Asahi beers for only NT$100. Hot green tea on the other (usually free at sushi restaurants) is a little over priced at NT$33 per cup.
We went for the NT$880 set which started with a green salad topped with seafood. One of the salads was topped with salmon roe and crab, while the other was topped with avocado and salmon and tuna sashimi.
Then came the main course, which was a platter of crab, prawns, oysters, shellfish without the shell, scallops in a marinate, sea urchin, and finally tuna (which unfortunately was still a little frozen).
The service was fairly good, and the atmosphere enjoyable. The wait staff did not speak English, but were able to list off the names of the seafood in Japanese. Since the menu consists of prearranged sets, those with poor Mandarin do not need to worry, ordering can easily be done by pointing to the menu board and indicating how much you would like to spend.
For those in a rush, is there is a large super-market style selection of sashimi, sushi, cooked fish, vegetables, fruit, rice dishes, and some Chinese food as well. Of course no sushi meal is complete without Japanese sake, so there is a large selection to choose from for take out as well.
Address: No. 18, Alley 2, Lane 410, Minzu East Road, Taipei City (台北市民族東路410巷2弄18號)
Telephone: (02) 2508-1268
Open: 11am to 9pm
Budget for Sashimi meal: NT$880 – $2000
Details: Cash only, Chinese menu
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