From a scale of 1-10, how much do you love the following foods:
- Sea Urchin/Uni
If you’ve answered towards the higher end of the foodie scale, then your first stop in Taipei should be at Addiction Aquatic Development 上引水產. Located in the Zhongshan District, it’s about a 15 to 20-minute walk off of two MRT station stops: Xingtian Temple Station (Orange Line: Zhong He Xin Lu Xian) and Zhongshan Junior High School Station (Brown Line: Wen Hu Xian).
When facing the building, you enter on the left where a nicely dressed security guard will spray your palms with disinfectant or anti-bacterial so your grubby hands won’t affect the sea creatures in the tanks, on ice, and in the fridge. Also, try not to be persuaded by the first couple of things you see unless you have a baller budget or you’re only going to come here once during your trip.
After touring the fresh seafood tanks (akin to aquariums), we had the tough decision to choose which sea creature looks the tastiest? Then, deciding whether to dine at the sushi bar, outdoor charcoal bbq grill, hot pot or to roam the aisles like a shark and hunt down a pre-packaged morsel. The prepared food selection has a nice variety of hot foods, soups, salad, fruit, desserts and an assortment of sakes and beers. It also requires no reservations or pre-planning like the other dining options.
If you decide to take the grab-n-go route, head out front to the standing tables and pick a nice table with good lighting so you can take a pretty picture. Take off all the plastic wrap and packaging, grab some glassware, hide your belongings in the rack below and arrange your seafood nicely. You’re finally ready to dig in!
Map & Directions
Get Your Sushi On at Addiction Aquatic Development 上引水產
No. 18, Alley 2, Lane 410, Minzu E Rd
Zhongshan District, Taipei City, 104
MRT: Xingtian Temple Station 捷運行天宮站 (Orange) or Zhongshan Junior High School Station 捷運中山國中站 (Brown) and then, take a YouBike to /農安街口(高架橋下), Section 3, Jianguo N Rd, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, 104
*Come around 18:00 if you want to grab some food to takeaway.