Great Sushi But Not Worth It: Addiction Aquatic Development 上引水產

Addiction Aquatic Development 上引水產

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Addiction Aquatic Development 上引水產 Review

Honestly, 3/5 is a pretty generous rating, but somewhat fair. If you’ve looked up the best places to eat in Taipei, Addiction Aquatic Development 上引水產 comes up on some of the top blog posts. First off, it’s not a great place. Literally, all the people eating here are unsuspecting tourists that read it from a blog or vlog. They do have a large variety and have some pretty good sushi…but for the price and experience, you have many better options in Taipei.

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Most of the food is prepared in advance and just sits around. So most of the hot food won’t be that hot but will be a little stale. You’re best bet is the sashimi since that holds better than the sushi, which will have refrigerated rice.

How did I end up trying Addiction Aquatic Development 上引水產 Taipei Fish Market? From another blog that gave a crappy suggestion. You can get sushi that’s just as good and for much cheaper at one of the many popular conveyor belt sushi restaurants in Taipei. You’re free to try Addiction Aquatic Development 上引水產 Taipei Fish Market if you like, let me just give you a breakdown of what to expect.

Getting To Addiction Aquatic Development 上引水產

It’s actually right next to the Taipei fish market in an industrial area. Addiction Aquatic Development 上引水產 Taipei Fish Market is not easily accessible by MRT. You’ll have to get close and then take a bus. Or you can just take a bus directly. Another option is to take a taxi or Uber.

Inside Addiction Aquatic Development 上引水產

They are pretty strict about entering the facility. For guests, there only one entrance and one exit. Upon entering the building, they spray your hands with hand sanitizer to keep everything extra clean.

When you get inside, you’ll be in the live seafood area. Here, you can select live seafood if you like for the ultimate level of freshness.

Then on the upper floor, you’ll have a “whole foods” style market selling all types of premium food such as: fried durian, scallop skewers, premium beefs and an extensive selection of pre-packaged sushi.

Value: Addiction Aquatic Development 上引水產

The food here is not cheap. It’s pretty similar to the prices you’ll find at a sushi restaurant in Taiwan, but in a pre-packaged fridge. Personally, I don’t think it’s way overpriced like the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo. This is Taiwan’s version that’s kind of a rip-off to tourists.

They also sell drinks which they don’t charge too much. But, they don’t sell regular water, only sparkling. Weird. So I ended up picking up a Taiwan beer for NT$35, no mark up from the usual pricing you’d find at a convenience store.

Dining at Addiction Aquatic Development 上引水產 Taipei Fish Market:
The only places with seats are at the wine bar inside Addiction Aquatic Development 上引水產 Taipei Fish Market. Everywhere else is standing room only. Tables are available outside for you to eat, but when it’s crowded you might find yourself eating/standing shoulder to shoulder with strangers.

When you’re paying a premium price for sushi, you get an experience that’s just a little more comfortable than a night market in Taiwan.

There’s a public sink available for you to wash your hands outside.

Addiction Aquatic Development 上引水產 Menu And Additional Photos

The Food

The sushi is pretty good, if you exclude the rice. Since it sits in a fridge, the rice become dry and not as good as sushi made with fresh rice. So you’re best bet is to get the sashimi.

As for the sushi quality, it can vary. They do make super fresh sushi, but when it sits around all day it loses that freshness. So to avoid that issue, you can buy the extra premium “fresh” sushi that they cut in-house. That costs A LOT more. The price doesn’t really justify the taste or experience.

For the hot food, I tried a few versions of their fried rice, meats and skewers and have all been consistently bad. Avoid to hot food.

The “hot” scallops skewer was NT$170 and tasted like rubber. That’s what happens when it’s overcooked…and yet cold when you still get it from a heat lamp.

The same goes for the grilled meats. When you walk around, all the meat looks pretty premium and super delicious, but when I actually ate it, it was chewy and dry.

Cleaning Up

After finishing you’re overpriced meal, you’ll need to take care of your own trash by throwing it away in the trash area. You’ll also need to separate your trash by paper, plastic and organic.

Separating and throwing away your trash is common in Taiwan, but not something you’d expect from a place that charges a lot for the meal. But what I really don’t like is that you’re dining in and STILL generating garbage, which is bad for the environment.

Best Alternatives to Addiction Aquatic Development 上引水產 Taipei Fish Market:

So I didn’t give it Addiction Aquatic Development 上引水產 a great review BECAUSE I know exactly where you can get sushi that’s almost as good, for much cheaper and with a much more comfortable experience.

Personally, my favorite conveyor belt sushi chains in Taipei are Kura Sushi and Sushiro. They both sell plates at a base level of NT$40 each and then the price goes up for more premium selections.

During peak lunch and dinner hours, you can expect to wait over an hour just to grab a seat at these sushi spots in Taipei. This is by tourists and locals. Kura Sushi and Sushiro are popular Japanese conveyor belt sushi chains that have made their way to Taiwan because they are delicious.

Overall Impression of Addiction Aquatic Development 上引水產

Overall, even though the selection is good it’s just pre-made sushi sitting around in a fridge. That lowers the quality and you might as well just buy sushi from a super market. The same goes for the hot food served at Addiction Aquatic Development.

The big difference is that you’re paying much more for take-out sushi and you’re also generating more garbage since it’s all pre-packaged.

So, if someone actually recommends going to Addiction Aquatic development in Taipei, they probably have not tried other sushi in Taiwan. I would not trust any of their other recommendations.

Lucky for you, TaiwanEater gives you real recommendations and not just disappointment.

…Well, maybe just a little disappointment but that’s acceptable.

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Rating Guide

1/5

It’s food, but you’re not going to enjoy it

2/5

Didn’t meet minimum meal expectations

3/5

Satisfying and an adequate meal.

4/5

So good you’ll eat here again!

5/5

You will remember this meal for the rest of your life!

Pricing Guide

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NT$1-100 (US$0-$3.23)

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NT$100-300 (US$3.23-9.68)

$$$

NT$300-700 (US$9-22)

$$$$

NT$700+ (US$22.60+)

TIP

Not required or expected. Some restaurants may have a 10% service charge.

Each rating TAIWANEATER rating is comprised of Quality, Service and Value (in order of the rating’s most important points).

QUALITY: The [Quality] is based on how good the food tastes and the presentation.

SERVICE: The [Service] is based on the dining experience. This includes the ambiance of the restaurant and how the interactions with the staff.

VALUE: The [Value] is based on both the Quality and Service in relation to the price. Ratings for food with a low price are a little more generous than food with a high price.

Money In Taiwan

Tax Is Included In The Price

All displayed prices in Taiwan are the actual price. Tax is already included and for large purchases, tourists visiting Taiwan can get a 5% Taiwan VAT refund at the airport Tax Refund counter. Some shops offer this service too, but they will require your passport.

Taiwan Is Cash Only (For Most Small Shops)

The primary payment method for all transactions in Taiwan is cash. It’s very rare for small shops to take anything other than cash. It’s more common to see places accept the Taipei Metro Card as payment rather a credit card.

Supermarkets and convenience stores in Taiwan (7-Eleven, Family Mart) do not accept credit cards (at least not American credit cards). You can only make purchases by cash or by using your pre-loaded funds on your EasyCard.

Using Credit Cards in Taiwan

If you want to use your credit card in Taiwan, make sure to check if a restaurant in Taiwan accepts credit card in advance. When a place does accept credit card, it will typically be Visa or Mastercard. It’s extremely rare for a place to accept Discover and American Express.UberEats, HonestBee, Deliveroo and FoodPanda are Taipei Food Delivery Services where you can order food directly to your airbnb or hotel using a credit card.

Exchanging Money in Taiwan

You can exchange money at the airport or any bank in Taiwan. The rates vary from bank to bank and it can be a hassle to get a good rate. For additional information, check out my Exchanging Money In Taiwan Guide.

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The purpose of this review is to give an honest opinion of the food you can eat in Taiwan. Many people come to Taipei to try out Taiwanese food and end up eating at low quality places meant for tourists. This is because they don’t know where the best restaurants to eat in Taipei are or because they were recommended food by a tourist rather than Taiwan Travel Blog that has researched and tried all the best Taipei eats.

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