[Taipei] Addiction Aquatic Development (AAD) 上引水產 has become a must-visit for many travelers to Taipei, especially if they are craving for fresh and super affordable seafood, sashimi and sushi.
Some call ADD Taipei’s answer to Tokyo’s Tsukiji Fish Market.
The capacity and area are not as huge though, but you get the drift. (After which, I realised where Singapore’s Emporium Shokuhin might have gotten their inspiration from.)
Located on Minzu East Road near Songshan Airport, this is a new base carved out from the Taipei Fish Market, with 10 different areas ranging from a wholesale market supermarket, a standing sushi bar to a florist.
Developed by Mitsui Food and Beverage Enterprise Group, I find the general vibes vibrant, energetic and somewhat exciting.
Like there are so many things to see and explore. The interior plays cool upbeat music, and you do not feel like you are in a traditional fish market or supermarket. If you need help, there are several staff walking around who can provide friendly assistance (unless it gets superbly crowded, which does).
However, ADD can get extremely crowded during peak hour weekends, which can be unpleasant if you just want to grab a seat for some food. My take is to visit during a quieter weekday, before or after meal hours.
Some gentle reminders:
– There are no credit card services, and only cash is accepted in the AAD, so remember to bring enough.
– All the areas, except The Hot Pot section, are on a first-come, first-served basis.
– You can reserve seats at The Hot Pot section by phone (886 2 2508 1268)
– Each of the 10 areas is independently operated, so you cannot bring food from other areas into another section.
– No pets are allowed, unfortunately. (I guess especially cats, LOL)
Here are the 10 areas within Addiction Aquatic Development 上引水產:
1. Live Aquamarine Products
A live aquamarine area, in which temperature controlled tanks contain live seafood from all over the world. Can watch how the people process live fish and seafood.
2. The Sushi Bar 9:30am – 12:00am
Probably the busiest section of all. Chef Tadashi Takeda oversees a 12 meter standing sushi counter.
Generally value-for-money. A Nigiri Sushi Set with salad, grilled items and soup is priced between NT$580 to NT$980. A 9 piece Nigiri Sushi Combo is also inexpensive at NT$460.
I think the most value-for-money is the Addiction Sashimi Set at quite an-unbelievable NT$210. (Sorry, I come from Singapore, so that is SUPER CHEAP.)
However, some items took a while to come. About 40 minutes? Considering that I was standing all this while waiting for food to arrive, I guess the wait is the ‘price’ to pay.
3. The Seafood Bar 10:00am – 12:00am
Reasonably priced fresh raw oysters, shrimps, and crabs. This is located just behind the sushi bar with limited seats. Slightly confusing for first timers.
4. Hot Pot 11:00am – 12:00am
Located upstairs. Seafood and vegetables cooked in a seaweed soup base hot pot.
Varieties range from Hotpot with Sliced Pork (NT$480), Sliced Beef Short Ribs (NT$880), Mud Crab (NTS980) to a deluxe pot with seasonal seafood and sliced beef sirloin (NT$1680).
5. The Charcoal Grill 10:30am – 12:00am
Located outside. Experience fresh seafood, meat and vegetables barbecued over charcoal. In addition, drinks such as draft beer, tea, and coffee are also available.
6. Fresh Food Supermarket 6:00am – 12:00am
Other than the aquamarine products, you can find imported and local fruits, vegetables, and quality meat cuts.
7. Cooked Food
Grab-and-go bento sets. For lunch boxes with seafood, vegetables, and meat.
The king crab and hairy crab purchased in the live aquamarine area can be cooked or fried for a service charge here.
For dining ware, kitchen utensils, flower decorations, professional cooking reference publications, and holiday party selections.
Local and imported fruits.
Colourful flowers and plants for decoration.
Addiction Aquatic Development 上引水產 is quite a place to look see, shop and eat. Along with Taipei 101, some of the night markets, I would consider this one of the Top 10 Must Visit Places in Taipei for foodies.
Addiction Aquatic Development 上引水產
No. 18, Alley 2, Lane 410, Minzu E Rd, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 104
Tel: 886 2 2508 1268
Opening Hours: 6:00am – 12:00am (Take note of different operating hours for various sections)