Addiction Aquatic Development is a seafood marketplace in Taipei, boasting a spectacular showcase of tankfuls of beautiful crustaceans and an eye-popping display of luscious sushi.
They have clams, crabs, lobster, scallops, uni, all types of fish, all assortments of sashimi. Best of all, they’re delivered in unrivaled quality at very un-New York prices. As the latest brainchild of the Mitsui Group, the mega conglomerate behind some of the hippest Japanese restaurants in town, Addiction Aquatic is a sweeping breath of fresh air amid the business Taipei streets that combines trendiness and serious fooding.
The beauty of Addiction Aquatic is its carefree atmosphere, allowing you to stroll along the live tanks or browse the a la carte isles. The setting lets you dine however you want as well, whether you want to pick out whole crabs or a bag of clams to take home, or purchase pre-portioned trays of sushi or broiled crab, or wait in line for one of the restaurants.
Tina took us there, and I managed to find time to go again. Both times we got uni, a tray of 10 buttery slabs of sea urchin for a whopping 12 bucks. They’re plump unlike any you’ll find in New York. Speaking of plump, the scallops here put what we find at home to shame.
I’ll let the pictures do the talking. Just make sure you put this near the top of your list of culinary pit stops if you’re ever in town.