My Name is JB and I’m Addicted to Addiction Aquatic Development in Taipei

My Name is JB and I’m Addicted to Addiction Aquatic Development in Taipei

Hi. I’m JB, and I’m an addict.

It was our first and only time here at Addiction Aquatic Development in Taipei, but as it turns out, once is all it takes to get you hooked. No wonder “Addiction” is in the title. It’s THAT good.

A late addition to our itinerary, I first read about this place on fathomaway.com just a few days before our trip. I thought it would be like any other sushi bar but it wasn’t. Greeted by gorgeous images of sushi and live seafood, I was blown away by their website. It was so effing beautiful. Being the seafood lover that I am, a visit to AAD instantly became the most anticipated stop on our trip.

Encompassing 1,983 square meters of space, Addiction Aquatic Development is a live seafood market, gourmet grocery, sushi bar, and restaurant all rolled into a clean and contemporary urban package. Think Dean & Deluca meets Pike Place Market. Fresh and fashionable but still affordable, it’s the best-looking seafood market that we’ve ever been to and an absolute MUST-DO for any seafood lover traveling to Taiwan.

Don’t believe the hype? Just keep scrolling and see for yourself.

Live Seafood Market

AAD is comprised of ten sections, the first of which houses these tanks filled with live seafood. My eyes lit up when I saw this. It’s the first thing you see when you walk in to the space.
Addiction Aquatic Development, Taipei

I’m not sure how often the tank contents change, but most today were filled with humungous crabs and scallops.
Addiction Aquatic Development, Taipei

Saucer-sized scallops
Addiction Aquatic Development, Taipei

Abalone. I had never seen live abalone before.
Addiction Aquatic Development, Taipei

King crab. These things were MASSIVE. About half the tanks were overflowing with these monsters today.
Addiction Aquatic Development, Taipei

Whuttup kid? Get a sense of how big they are yet? If not, keep scrolling…
Addiction Aquatic Development, Taipei

Geoducks
Addiction Aquatic Development, Taipei

Oysters
Addiction Aquatic Development, Taipei

Ready to be served, you can’t get abalone any fresher than this.
Addiction Aquatic Development, Taipei

Cooked hairy crabs
Addiction Aquatic Development, Taipei

Cooked king crabs. Wait for it…
Addiction Aquatic Development, Taipei

BOOM! I told you they were massive. Most of them were bigger than Ren’s head!
Addiction Aquatic Development, Taipei

Grocery

Equally impressive was the supermarket which sold not just seafood, but also fruits, vegetables, wines and spirits, and meats of the highest quality. Reneelicious was going nuts looking at all the stuff!

Salmon fillets and heads
Addiction Aquatic Development, Taipei

Different cuts of meat
Addiction Aquatic Development, Taipei

Foie gras! These two chunks went for NT$ 345. Wait until you see the next picture though…
Addiction Aquatic Development, Taipei

Two measly pieces not enough for ya? How about kilogram bags of frozen duck foie gras? Looking at the label, the 1.09 kg bag was selling for NT$ 2,405.
Addiction Aquatic Development, Taipei

Fresh fruit. Check out the balimbing! (star fruit)
Addiction Aquatic Development, Taipei

Not sure what those red thingies are but they look good.
Addiction Aquatic Development, Taipei

Ren proudly showing off her pillow-sized bag of bonito flakes. Just NT$ 278 for that entire bag (600 g)!
Addiction Aquatic Development, Taipei

Control yourself Reneelicious! These 72-pc boxes of French macaroons sold for NT$ 2,160.
Addiction Aquatic Development, Taipei

Scallop and sea urchin as far as the eye can see. Well, maybe not that far. But there was a lot.
Addiction Aquatic Development, Taipei

The only thing I didn’t like seeing today — shark’s fins. I assumed they were shark’s fins from the shape and exorbitant price – NT$ 2,604 for 630 grams. 🙁
Addiction Aquatic Development, Taipei

Ready-to-Eat

Though there are many dining stations here, you can also buy these pre-packaged meals and eat them outside. Fresh as can be, most were reasonably priced too.

Amaebi or sweet shrimp. I LOVE these things. Each box contained ten pieces and sold for just NT$ 240.
Addiction Aquatic Development, Taipei

Sushi selection. The ones you see here went for NT$ 460 per box. Not bad at all, especially considering the quality.
Addiction Aquatic Development, Taipei

They go fast, but they’re replenished just as quickly.
Addiction Aquatic Development, Taipei

Uni for NT$ 604 per box.
Addiction Aquatic Development, Taipei

King crab legs for around NT$ 1,450 per pack. I know right? The only place I’ve ever seen king crab legs in Manila is at S&R.
Addiction Aquatic Development, Taipei

Even the dessert selection was impressive!
Addiction Aquatic Development, Taipei

Not many restaurants in Manila serve amaebi so I made sure I got my fill. So sweet and delicious.
Addiction Aquatic Development, Taipei

For dessert, we had this entire matcha cake with red beans and French macaroons for just NT$ 130!
Addiction Aquatic Development, Taipei

Dining Stations

For diners wanting more than the pre-packaged meals, there are several dining stations here. We only ate at the seafood and sushi bars, but there’s also a hot pot station, a charcoal-grilled seafood restaurant, a cooked food section, and a juice bar. Seriosuly, how awesome is this place?!

Seafood Bar

To accommodate the large number of diners, many of the dining stations are standing room only. I love how they’re incorporated into the grocery area as well. Opposite the seafood bar in this picture are chillers showcasing different types of frozen food.
Addiction Aquatic Development, Taipei

Loved the colors and textures here. Everything just looks and feels so well put together.
Addiction Aquatic Development, Taipei

Still can’t get over them king crabs!
Addiction Aquatic Development, Taipei

Containing different types of crab, shellfish, and sashimi, these seafood trays were super popular. Not surprising, since they were super delicious too.
Addiction Aquatic Development, Taipei

Keep em coming boys! These things were practically flying off the shelves.
Addiction Aquatic Development, Taipei

Sushi Bar

At the very center of the space is this standing room only sushi bar.
Addiction Aquatic Development, Taipei

Though very popular, lines moved fairly quickly. There’s the LCD display hiding behind the chalkboard. We were number 12.
Addiction Aquatic Development, Taipei

Unfortunately, they don’t have any menus in English so we could only order the most basic things. To communicate what we wanted to the waitress, Ren and my sister went around the bar pointing at other people’s dishes and saying: “We want that!” 😆
Addiction Aquatic Development, Taipei

The freshest salmon sashimi. Best we’ve had since Osaka.
Addiction Aquatic Development, Taipei

Grilled abalone. Yum-O.
Addiction Aquatic Development, Taipei

Amaebi sushi. I told you I needed to get my fill. 😉
Addiction Aquatic Development, Taipei

Hamachi collar. If I remember correctly, these four dishes with two beers and a glass of white wine went for around NT$ 1,200.
Addiction Aquatic Development, Taipei

Charcoal-Grilled Seafood Barbecue

We didn’t eat here but right outside the grocery is this open air dining area serving grilled seafood.
Addiction Aquatic Development, Taipei

Lifestyle & Flower Market

Apart from all the delicious food, there’s also a section here selling cookware, cookbooks, utensils, and flowers. Classy much?
Addiction Aquatic Development, Taipei

Addiction Aquatic Development, Taipei

Addiction Aquatic Development, Taipei

So, are you a believer yet? 😉

It’s only been a week since our trip and I’m already jonesing for another taste. Without question, we’ll be going back to AAD on every return visit to Taiwan. If you love seafood and are planning a trip to Taipei, then don’t even think about not coming here. Just go. Like I said, it’s THAT good.

Addiction Aquatic Development

No.18, Aly. 2, Ln. 410, Minzu E. Rd., Zhongshan Dist., Taipei City, Taiwan, ROC
Tel: 02-2508-1268
Fax: 02-2508-0268
Website: addiction.com.tw
Email: service_add@addiction.com.tw
Hours of Operation: Mon-Sun, 6AM-12MN
Expect to spend: NT$ 750 per person with drinks

HOW TO GET THERE:
By subway, get off at XingTian Temple MRT station. Though not far, it’s a bit of a walk so it’s best that you take a taxi from here. The fare will run you around NT$ 70. Not many taxi drivers speak English, so it’s best that you print out the place’s Chinese name and address and just show it to him:

上引水產
台北市民族東路410巷2弄18號

For more Taiwan travel tips, check out our First-Timer’s Travel Guide to Taipei, Taiwan

 The First-Timer’s Travel Guide to Taipei, Taiwan

JB Macatulad

JB Macatulad

JB is one half of Will Fly for Food and its chief itinerary maker.  He's the one to blame for all the crappy photos and verbal diarrhea on this blog.  Don't listen to him.
JB Macatulad


There are 9 comments for this article
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  2. JC at 2:10 pm

    Hi JB!

    I looove this!! Glad to find your blog!! We too love going to the seafood markets abroad, and wish we had the same back in PH..

  3. JB Macatulad at 3:16 pm

    Awesome JC! You’re gonna love Addiction Aquatic! They have so much fresh seafood and the prices aren’t bad either. We would definitely go back to this place on any return visit to Taipei. Enjoy! 🙂

  4. JB Macatulad at 7:00 pm

    Hi Irene, not bad! Especially for the freshness and quality. Sorry, I don’t remember the price of the seafood platter but nothing we ate struck me as being particularly expensive. Prices were great all around. 🙂

  5. Kelly Anderson at 10:59 pm

    Woah! This place looks amazing! My husband and I are going to Taiwan for Christmas this year, and this was just added to our list of places to visit. Thanks for your awesome advice!

  6. Gayle at 1:16 am

    hi JB i agree to your post, taiwan is so small but the food is great and you cannot feel. that there is discremination between foreign and taiwanese people. i missed taiwan!!

  7. JB Macatulad at 7:07 am

    Very true Gayle! We loved it there. We’re definitely looking to go back in the next couple of years. 🙂

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