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What to Eat at Habit Aquatic Growth, Taipei’s Seafood Mecca


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Whereas their English title may be slightly awkward, one factor is for certain: anybody who’s “addicted” to seafood will certainly love Habit Aquatic Growth (上引水產) in Taipei.

ADD is a component luxurious grocery retailer and half fish market, plus about half a dozen eating choices, from extremely gourmand to budget-friendly take-away. It’s undoubtedly one of many prime issues to do in Taipei metropolis for foodies, and has a few of the freshest and greatest seafood in Taipei!

This enormous, 1983-square-meter-space is a testomony to Taiwan’s obsession with seafood. The advanced is run by the Mitsui Meals and Beverage Enterprise Group (三井餐飲事業集團), and has been working from throughout the unique Taipei Fish Market (臺北魚市) ever since 2012.

I can’t get sufficient of Habit Aquatic (you would possibly even say I’m hooked on it). You’ll be able to go to a dozen occasions and have a very totally different eating expertise every time, whether or not it’s scorching pot, sushi, grilled seafood, take-away sashimi to be loved within the park close by, or simply strolling to scope out at the moment’s freshest catches.

Even in case you’ve solely acquired two days or three days in Taipei, I like to recommend including the “Tsukiji Fish Market of Taipei” to your plan! I’ve put collectively this little information, primarily based on a number of visits, that can assist you navigate Habit Aquatic and the abundance of decisions you’ll have once you arrive.      

Do you know there’s a mini model of Habit Aquatic Growth in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan? It’s known as Hei Bon Gōrudohausu (平凡五金行) – examine it in my Kaohsiung information, and discover extra enjoyable issues to do in Taiwan right here!

Fast Suggestions for Visiting Habit Aquatic Growth

  • Habit Aquatic is situated at #18, alley 2, lane 410, Minzu E. Rd. in Zhongshan District (民族東路410巷2弄18號). The doorway is on the north facet of the constructing, dealing with the even bigger Binjiang Conventional Market (濱江市場) constructing.
  • It’s a little bit of a trek (quarter-hour on foot) from the closest MRT stations, Xingtian Temple Station on the orange line or Zhongshan Junior Excessive Faculty Station on the brown line.
  • Alternatively, a taxi from both station will value lower than NT100, or you possibly can take bus R50 (紅50) from Yuanshan MRT station on the purple line and get off at Taipei Fish Market Station (臺北漁市). From the bus cease, you’ll must stroll all the best way round (or via) the big Binjiang Market constructing to get to Habit Aquatic.
  • The advanced is open 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. day by day, however a few of the eating places inside don’t open till 11 a.m. I’ll point out the person opening occasions under, which aren’t indicated on GoogleMaps.
  • Some folks say the freshest objects are put out within the morning, however they’re replenished all through the day, so there’s no want to point out up tremendous early.
Trays of sashimi for sale at Addiction Aquatic Development in Taipei
Sashimi take-away trays at Habit Aquatic
  • Habit Aquatic Growth solely takes money! Carry fats wads of NT greenback payments for all of your seafood gorging wants.
  • In case you get take-away meals, there are tables outdoors (some with shade), or you possibly can get pleasure from it at close by Rongxing Park (榮星花園).
  • In case you strategy Addicition Aquatic by strolling via after which north from Rongxing Park, as I often do, Lane 410 of Minzu East Highway hosts a bustling daytime moist market. The road might be very busy, however there’s tons to feast your eyes upon.
  • Whilst you’re within the space, additionally contemplate visiting Airplane Lane (飛機巷), the place you possibly can watching planes touchdown and taking off from Songshan Airport, and Gusto Market (好食多有限公司) for imported Italian cheeses, meats, wines, and extra.

You could find a great deal of reductions for touring in Taiwan on Klook. Join with my referral hyperlink to get an NT 100 credit score utilized to your account!

Part-by-Part Information to Habit Aquatic

The official Habit Aquatic Growth web site lists 10 essential areas of Habit Aquatic.

I’ll describe every of the Habit Aquatic areas under, plus just a few extra areas that aren’t talked about on the web site, roughly within the order you’ll encounter them upon going via the primary entrance.

The entrance doors to Addiction Aquatic Development with people going in
The primary entrance to Habit Aquatic Growth

For extra food-focused enjoyable in Taipei, see my guides to the greatest Taipei night time markets, what to eat in Ximending, Shenkeng smelly tofu village, Yongkang Avenue, and Little Burma.

Yetai Tapas (11 a.m. to eight p.m.)

A seafood snack bar sign at Addiction Aquatic Development Taipei
This snack station is correct subsequent to the doorway to Habit Aquatic

Earlier than you even step inside the primary entrance of Addicition Aquatic, there’s a small outside (however lined) patio bar proper subsequent to the doorway to tempt you with foods and drinks choices. It’s known as Yetai Tapas (海味野台 – yetai often refers to an outside stage for conventional performances and festivals Taiwan).

The restricted menu right here contains seafood congee, braised abalone, swordfish rice noodle soup, braised seafood rice (like luroufan, one of many most well-known Taiwanese meals, however made with seafood) and diverse seafood platters (NT 380, no matter is recent). In summer time, they generally have shaved ice desserts. There’s additionally draft beer on faucet (NT 150-180 per glass). 

Contemplate this selection in case you’re in a rush and don’t wish to truly enter the Habit Aquatic Growth advanced, or to benefit from the patio in good (or dangerous) climate. In any other case, it’s time to truly enter Habit Aquatic!

Aquamarine Space (7 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.)

Huge crabs at Addiction Aquatic, Taipei
Discovering the appropriate crab

As quickly as you enter Habit Aquatic, you’ll end up in the primary Aquamarine Space (活體水產). It is a giant, open room stuffed with temperature-controlled water tanks containing unique (and costly!) dwell sea creatures.

Except you’re a really critical seafood aficionado and plan to drop some critical {dollars} on dwell sea creatures to take dwelling and cook dinner (of have them cook dinner it for you earlier than you are taking it), then you definitely’ll in all probability simply spend a couple of minutes on this space gawking at (and maybe attempting to determine) the marine life on show.

King crab, Addiction Aquatic, Taipei
Large king crab

Some creatures you possibly can anticipate to see are scallops (扇貝), king crabs (王帝王, the massive ones with bumps on their physique and legs), snow crabs (雪蟹), geoducks (象拔蚌), flounders (活比目魚), kurama prawns (活車蝦), surf clams (北寄貝), Australian black-lip abalone (澳洲大黑鮑), mantis shrimp (蝦蛄扁), and extra.

There are additionally just a few take-away objects on the market on this space, similar to recent uni (sea urchin) and frozen shrimps.

Connoisseur Grocery store (7 a.m. to 10 p.m.)

Close up of several trays of fresh sashimi for sale at Addiction Aquatic Development
Take-away sashimi trays are a scorching merchandise within the Connoisseur Grocery store

From the Aquamarine space, a small staircase (and ramp) leads up into the Connoisseur Grocery store (生鮮超市).

Within the two essential aisles right here, you’ll discover all kinds of recent native and imported meals and groceries. The aisle to the left as you go up is especially frozen items, together with all types of seafoods, meats, cheeses, foie gras, nigiri and donburi take-away meals (NT 270 – 790), some costly produce, and a big number of sakes.

A hand holding up a take-away tray of fresh uni (sea urchin) for sale at Addiction Aquatic Development
Recent uni (sea urchin)

Behind the aisle, you’ll discover the Seafood Bar (see under), and as you not far away on the finish of it, the doorway to the Stand-Up Sushi Space (additionally see under).

The aisle to the appropriate, which is close to the exit, has a variety of produce, take-away sashimi and sushi trays, recent uni trays, chilly particular person drinks to remove (together with beer, wine, and sake), and desserts, macaroons, and different desserts.

Grocery store shelves containing Taiwanese food items for sale in Addiction Aquatic Development's supermarket
Taiwanese and imported specialties on the market

Seafood Bar (10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.)

A chef preparing seafood with a pile of crabs in front of him at the Addiction Aquatic Development standing seafood bar
Varied crabs on supply on the Seafood Bar

On the again left of the Connoisseur Grocery store, behind the aisle to the left once you first enter the Grocery store, is the Stand-Up Seafood Bar (快意鮮味吧, additionally known as Quai Yi Ba or 快意吧). Look ahead to the mounds of outsized king crabs piled atop mounds of crushed ice up behind the bar.

Right here’s your likelihood to attempt some unique seafoods with out paying the premium costs of an upscale seafood restaurant. Standard decisions listed below are king crab, furry crab, African lobster, braised abalone, sea urchin, and donburi (seafood over rice).

A large set meal of many seafoods on a wooden bar counter at Addiction Aquatic's Seafood bar
A seafood set meal on the standing Seafood Bar

The seafoods are priced by weigh, or you possibly can go for the seasonal, deluxe, or gourmand platters (NT 880/1280/1680) to attempt a little bit of all the pieces. Ask about what’s included. The menu is in English and Mandarin.

Additionally they supply wine and sake by the glass or bottle.

View of the whole standing seafood bar at Addiction Aquatic
Areas prepared on the standing-only Seafood Bar

Stand-Up Sushi Space (10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.)

Some visitors standing up at a wooden sushi bar in Addiction Aquatic Development Taipei
Company on the Stand-Up Sushi Bar

The Stand-Up Sushi Space (立吞式壽司吧, additionally known as Li Tun or 立吞) is the most well-liked in-house eating possibility at Habit Aquatic for informal guests. The set meals are surprisingly reasonably priced. I like to recommend it for a date, which is precisely what my spouse and I did on our most up-to-date go to.

The standing sushi space is in between the Connoisseur Grocery store’s two essential aisles and accessed from the again of both one. It could possibly get busy, so there could also be a wait (you’ll be requested to take a quantity). Reservations aren’t attainable. As for the standing half, I perceive the attraction, however my spouse and I each had sore ft by the top…I suppose we’re simply getting previous.

A wooden tray with about a dozen pieces of sushi on it at Addiction Aquatic Development, with some glasses of sake beside it
Our sushi order and sake on the Stand-Up Sushi Bar

The 5 set meals once we visited ranged in value from NT 580 to 1980 per individual, and nigiri-only units from NT 480 to 680 for 9-10 items. Moreover a number of sushi, the set meals additionally include objects similar to grilled tuna skewer, tuna steak, oyster, lobster, abalone, and so forth, relying on which set you get. When in season, you can even attempt candy shrimp (甜蝦 or amaebi/阿米比蝦), which is of course candy when uncooked.

You’ll be able to watch the sushi cooks making ready the objects behind the 12-meter sushi bar. A number of beers, wines, and sakes are additionally obtainable. You may as well order some objects à la carte.

A wooden tray of sushi on the bar at Addiction Aquatic
One other sushi tray

One minor grievance we had is that the menu isn’t very particular about precisely which objects are included – most of them simply say issues like ‘appetizer’ and ‘chef’s grill particular’. After asking for extra particulars about what every of these meant, we discovered that the set we have been about to order got here with fish liver because the appetizer, which neither of us like. The alternatives change by season and even by day, so that you by no means know what you’re going to get except you ask first.

Nonetheless, except you possibly can converse Mandarin, you’ll have issue discovering out, because the employees are unlikely to know the English names of all of the seafood objects they serve. In that case, you might simply need to go along with a set menu and see what you get!

In the long run, we principally simply selected the one which match the worth we have been trying to spend – we acquired one in the midst of the worth vary, and we have been very glad. The sushi fish was extremely recent.

Cooked Meals Space (10 a.m. to 10 p.m.)

A wooden bar with some take-away meals on it and some chefs in the kitchen behind it
Cooked meals able to go

On the entrance of the aisle to the appropriate upon first getting into the Connoisseur Grocery store, adjoining to the tills, there’s a Cooked Meals Space (熟食即食). This contains take-away Bento containers (select 4 objects) and different pre-cooked and pre-packaged meals.

I may see this part being most helpful to somebody who works within the space and needs a fast take-away meal, however I don’t suppose it could attraction as a lot to the short-term visiting vacationer.

An Elegant Way of life and Flower Store (7 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.)

A display of fresh and dried flowers in Addiction Aquatic Taipei
Flowers on the market

Behind the aisle to the appropriate, previous the tills, there’s a facet room known as An Elegant Way of life (美好生活) and Flower Store (花坊). There you will discover recent and dried flowers, cooking utensils and different home goods, Taiwanese specialties like abalone sauce, bottles of Scotch, and extra.

There’s additionally a meals counter on this space with objects like complete king crab leg to remove, grilled bottarga (烏魚子, a Taiwanese specialty of cured fish roe), meats to remove, and extra sushi and sashimi units.

There’s additionally a small wine, whiskey, and beer bar on this space, in case you want a stiff drink in spite of everything that seafood perusing.

A wine bar with stools beside it in Addiction Aquatic
Small wine bar the Elegant Way of life part

Le Pong Sizzling Pot (11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.)

A bowl filled with oysters, abalone, and shrimps ready to be cooked in hot pot
Seafoods able to be cooked

There’s a devoted scorching pot restaurant at Habit Aquatic known as Le Pong Sizzling Pot (樂烹鍋物, additionally merely – and awkwardly – known as “The Sizzling Pot”). In case you didn’t discover, including the French ‘le’ makes it fancy.

To seek out it, you’ll must ascend the flight of stairs to the left simply after you move via the tills on the exit of Habit Aquatic’s Connoisseur Grocery store. That is considered one of solely two eating choices at Habit Aquatic that takes reservations (name 0225 956 888); see the second-last entry of the article for the opposite.

The new pot units vary from $580 (pork) to 1680 (Wagyu beef or seafood). That value is per individual, or you possibly can pay an additional $300 for 2 folks to share one set. Drinks are additional. You may as well purchase a complete snow crab, however it is going to value you as much as NT 10,000!

Charcoal Grilled Seafood Barbecue (11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.)

Me holding up a king crab leg at Addiction Aquatic's outdoor grilled seafood patio, with my son in the background
We needed to give the king crab leg a attempt (examine visiting Taipei with children right here!)

There’s a beautiful partially lined outside restaurant simply outdoors west of the Connoisseur Grocery store known as Charcoal Grilled Seafood Barbecue (炭道備長炭燒烤).

Not like many BBQ eating places in Taiwan, you don’t cook dinner the meals your self. As a substitute, they barbecue the meats/seafoods/veggies on a grill on the facet and produce them to you on a hibachi-style plate with black stones for presentation. Some highlights on the menu are big prawns and who king crab legs at a not-too-unreasonable value.

Together with the indoor Standing Sushi Bar, that is our favourite eating possibility at Addicition Aquatic, primarily for the expansive patio, which is a rarity in Taiwan. They’ve Taiwan 18 Days Beer and some worldwide beers on faucet.

An outdoor patio with covering and some people dining on barbecued seafood at Addiction Aquatic Development
Semi-covered patio of Habit Aquatic’s BBQ restaurant

Fruit Alternatives & Espresso/Ice Cream Stand

A small outdoor kiosk selling coffee and ice cream at Addiction Aquatic Development Taipei
In case you want a espresso or ice cream as you permit

Within the hallway main from the Connoisseur Grocery store to the Charcoal Grilled Seafood Barbecue, there’s a hole-in-the-wall fruit juice vendor (繽果) serving a wide range of seasonal recent fruit juiced (NT 120/cup), coffees, and smoothies.

It’s nothing to jot down dwelling about, but it surely is among the 10 sections talked about on the Habit Aquatic web site.

There’s additionally a kiosk promoting espresso, beer, wine, and ice cream within the courtyard.

Trésors de la Mer

A menu page from Tresors de la Mer in Addiction Aquatic Taipei showing a platter of seafood
Seafood platter obtainable at Tresors de la Mer

In case you in some way made it this far into Habit Aquatic with getting your fill of seafood, you will have one last possibility, and it’s the fanciest (once more, you recognize it, as a result of they use French within the title).

Tresors de la Mer (煮海) is a sit-down place with gourmand seafood platters. It occupies the second ground previous Charcoal Grilled Seafood Barbecue, with home windows trying down on the latter. Look ahead to the tanks of dwell seafoods for the doorway.

Set menus run from NT 1000 to 2280 per individual. You even get actual wasabi root to grate your self – overlook concerning the pretend inexperienced stuff in packets. Reservations are attainable and beneficial.

Taipei Fish Market

Freezers in the Taipei Fish Market grocery store
Frozen seafoods on the market in Taipei Fish Market

So, considerably confusingly, the entire space the place Addicition Aquatic is situated, which continues to be stuffed with avenue distributors and moist markets promoting seafood, was known as Taipei Fish Market. At this time, there may be additionally a particular seafood grocery retailer on website known as Taipei Fish Market (臺北魚市). It’s on the bottom ground of the identical constructing as Tresors de la Mer, proper subsequent to the Charcoal Grilled Seafood restaurant.

The shop principally sells frozen seafoods, however at decrease costs than in Habit Aquatic. There’s not a lot to see inside, except you’re truly in search of some frozen seafood to take dwelling.

Effectively, that brings us to the top to my information to Habit Aquatic Growth Taipei. I hope this data lets you resolve what to eat at Habit Aquatic and make one of the best of your go to!

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