We asked our friend Calvin for some unique Taipei eats.
"There's this warehouse," he says, "turned into an open-air fish market and you stand and eat incredibly fresh fish; the price is incredible. You can't even get that much seafood and sashimi in the states for the price you'll get at this place."
We bus'd and walked our way toward the Taipei Fish Market to come face to face with a rather ordinary-looking building. There she was, Addiction Aquatic Development, sitting snugly amidst the older and more traditional market stalls this neighborhood is known for.
An open walkway drew us in first to tanks of live fish still chillin' in their baskets (clean and smell-free) before nudging us into a warmly lit, bustling open-air market: aisles full of richly packed sushi and bento boxes for those on the go, corners with ready made hot food, a counter that cooks your seafood of choice to-go, a wine bar with house and kitchenware for browsing.
The common thread that runs through the entire joint? Custom variety. Do you like your seafood served raw, eaten standing at counters? Or maybe hot pot's more your style? How about skewering your fish and shrimp and watching them sizzle over charcoal at the outside patio?
Our lunch, standing at the counter that afternoon included: a seven piece sushi plate, assorted sashimi salad, an enormous bowl of seafood miso soup and grilled fish all for $19 US dollars. Insane.
If you're a fan of Japanese seafood and presentation, you'll be happy to know that the Mitsui Group (responsible for some of the top Japanese restaurants in town) is behind AAD. If only we had something like this in LA. You win again, Asia. #seafooddreamsz
Addiction Aquatic Development: No. 18, Alley 2, Lane 410, Minzu East Road, Taipei City (台北市民族東路410巷2弄18號)