Warning: do not scroll if you’re starving for sashimi!!!!!
This is another one of those 80% images, 20% text mini-reviews 🙂
When I was in Taipei in December, I visited Addiction Aquatic Development – a fish market! As you already know, I looooove sashimi/japanese food – especially if it’s fresh! My family also visited this place the year before, and we’ve been craving this place so bad. The food here and the atmosphere just blows me away!
Also, oh man! Thought I should let you guys know – I’ve recently taken on an internship, and I’ve been completely consumed by it :< Posts for these three months, until late June, will be quite a bit less frequent. I’ll still try to post at least once every two weeks!
This place is a new addition (ha ha addiction) to Taipei’s fish market district, and it’s very modern! Black/white and wood all around. It’s bustling with people all the time! :O They are there with gooooood reason.
Outside the main building, there’s a barbeque restaurant, and a small supermarket.
And into the restaurant we go! The chefs prepare your dishes right in front of you, so if you’re up for it / you can’t speak the language, you can just point at the fish – and the chefs will prepare it for you!
While you wait for your dish to be prepared, you can gaze longingly at all that fish…..
Above/behind the chefs, there are specials of the day available to order. This fish is not on their regular menu, and tends to be ‘fresher’.
But yes, this is what the restaurant looks like. You may have noticed that everyone is standing – there are no seats available in this restaurant! All patrons stand and eat (is this a tactic to get the customers to leave more quickly?). When I visited this place in 2013, they gave 7 of us counter seats in 1 row… (my kid cousins had tiny step stools to prop themselves up!)
(These are some dishes that the chefs were preparing, but not dishes we ordered. My dad was too excited for us to start eating, so he went around drooling at other people’s orders instead)
This salad came as part of the set we ordered, and it was divine. I love the combination of sashimi slices and fresh salad leaves – and this was seasoned perfectly. A light yuzu-soy sauce glaze, and the marinated tuna – an amazing starter.
One of the things that we rarely get to eat in Singapore is Uni / Sea Urchin. One tray costs like $80 in Singapore – and this was definitely a treat! You mix the strong-flavoured uni with the neutral grated yam or shān yào (山药), and it balances out to this flavour you probably can’t describe – umami.
o m g! The first time I tried paté as a kid, I fell in love. It was this creamy, flavourful spread that just melted in my mouth… and Monkfish Liver is almost the same. Garnished with chopped spring onions and a light drizzle of soy sauce, this needs no spreading or what – take a bite, and it melts in your mouth. This was most definitely one of my top picks for the meal!
While extremely fresh and extremely delicious, I found that this assorted sashimi (above and below) was chilled a bit too much for my liking. The sashimi was truly creamy (top pick: Salmon Belly! o my god), and my goodness the amaebi was…. to die for.
I actually felt that the Ootoro was a huge letdown. I was expecting something with the consistency of fatty pork belly, but instead it was much closer to the bland, fibrous texture of normal tuna flesh. I was really looking forward to this 😦 (but thank goodness the other dishes made up for it!)
More or less the same fish that came with the sashimi! We probably wouldn’t have ordered this, but it came with the set so.
Another one of my top picks for this meal!!! What’s so special about this miso soup, you may wonder? Miso soup tastes all the same to me! BUT NO this soup is boiled with fish bones, and KING PRAWN HEADS!!!!!!! The sweetness of the prawns is in the base of the soup and it’s so, so sweet, flavourful, and hearty with the fish bits-and-ends in the soup. A MUST TRY!
I’m not a fan of grilled fish, but my parents loved this. The mackerel was crispy, and tender on the inside. Japanese grilled fish, if cooked perfectly, is uber flavourful and goes perfectly with a steaming hot bowl of gohan / rice.
To finish our meal, we ended off with another serving of salmon belly – mmmmmm! It’s like savoury dessert for us :> Our tummies were filled to the brim by the time we left the restaurant.
In total, we spent 2497NT / SGD$110 for our meal – that’s including sake!!
Other than this main restaurant in the building, there are takeaway dishes available for purchase (which we did buy for supper one night!), and other restaurants serving different dishes.
Across the road, there’s also a fruits/veggies market selling amazingly fresh produce! We bought some fruits back to eat as well 🙂
….And we missed it so much we had it for supper again 2 nights later… on Christmas night 🙂 My parents taxi-ed there (THE ROADS WERE SO JAMMED) and dabao-ed (takeaway-ed, in Singlish) back food for us to eat.
Somehow I felt like this was more fantabulous than eating at the restaurant itself – oh my god!!! We got to handpick what we wanted, and eat it in the comfort of our hotel room. I just want you to note – the uni is double-layered. There are two pieces of uni per. slot. THIS WOULD COST LIKE $80 FOR HALF THE TRAY IN SINGAPORE?!?!
What we picked:
1. Salmon + Salmon Belly Sashimi (214NT / SGD$9.40)
2. Uni / Sea Urchin (813NT / SGD$35.70)
3. Assorted Salmon Sushi Set (~250NT / ~SGD$11)
4. Seasoned Seaweed Rice(~50NT / ~SGD$2.50)
…Which comes up to around $1,300NT / SGD$60 TOPS. For 3 people!!!! Sushi Tei is like the basic average standard of Japanese food in Singapore, and I’m telling you when we spend $60 there we can’t get anything like this. (Also, on the other end of the spectrum, Chotto Matte. You spend a bomb (like $100 per person) and you don’t eat anywhere near this much nor at this quality.)
My family doesn’t care for roast chicken, baked potatoes, and pumpkin soup for Christmas dinner – we much prefer having our fill of sashimi 😀
Quality: (cmon, it’s fresh from the fish market)
Environment: ★★★★☆ (You have to stand. There are no seats available + most are counter tables)
Price: ★★★★★ (You really can’t find sashimi of this standard in Singapore, and at this price point.)
Addiction Aquatic Development can be found at:
台北市民族東路410巷2弄18號 / No.18, Aly. 2, Ln. 410, Minzu E. Rd., Zhongshan Dist., Taipei City.
Hours of Operation: 06:00 to 24:00
TEL. 886-2-2508-1268 FAX. 886-2-2508-0268