Located at the Taipei Fish Market, Addiction Aquatic Development (AAD) is a new take on the traditional fish market. It is divided into ten areas, which starts with the fish market and branches into a sushi bar, seafood bar, seafood grill, hotpot, deli, supermarket. Other less seafood-focused areas include a juice bar, flower shop, and a lifestyle shop that sells hip kitchenware.
Addiction Aquatic Development [上引水產]
民族東路410巷2弄18號 [No. 18, Alley 2, Lane 410, Minzu E. Rd]
Zhongshan District, Taipei, 台北市 104
At the entrance is area 1, the fish market. When you enter, a worker will spray your hands with sanitizer before he lets you in. There are giant water tanks filled with live fish/crab/shrimp/lobster/abalone/scallops. It is very interesting to see all of them climbing around the tanks. They will even cook the seafood you buy for a fee.
While waiting for the sushi bar to open, we bought a couple of packaged sashimi from their supermarket and ate it at the open eating area outside.
Given our love for sushi, we focused our attention on area 2, the sushi bar. This is a standing sushi bar, and the absence of chairs really makes this place stand out. Puns aside, I thought the bar was too low for my height (6’1). It forced me to bend down slightly when I ate, making the experience rather awkward and uncomfortable.
The menu is extensive, filled with all sorts of sashimi and nigiri options. We ordered two of the nigiri combinations: deluxe and seasonal [~600NT]. At first, I paid no attention to the miso soup that came with the nigiri combo. However, I found that they put salmon in it, and the soup itself tasted more flavorful and satisfying than usual. Not your typical powdery miso soup. The nigiri was fresh and everything tasted amazing. Even though the menu said there would be 10 pieces, there were a couple extra side pieces. From the awesome salmon-miso soup to the generous portions, you definitely get a lot of value for your money.
Conclusion: 上引水產 was a very interesting place, and I highly recommend you go check it out, especially if you love seafood. I wish we had had more time and meals to spend there so we could try all the other eating areas like the seafood grill, hotpot, etc. Besides the high-class, pricier restaurant, Tresors de la Mer, everything is relatively low-priced without sacrificing quality. Overall, a fun experience, with many different stations to see and explore.
- Cash only!!
- Different areas have different opening times. Make sure you check the website before you go. We arrived at 9AM, but there wasn’t as much to see because the shelves were not even fully stocked at that time yet.
- Only The Hot Pot and Tresors de la Mer take reservations. For every other eating area, try to arrive early, as it’s first-come-first-serve. If it’s crowded, you can put your name down first, then explore the market until called.
- The sushi bar menu is in Chinese only, but there are pictures if you don’t read Chinese.