Taiwan - Day 2

by - February 14, 2017

Day 2 - Taipei
Addiction Aquatic Development (上引水产)

Early in the morning we headed off to Taipei's tourist oriented fish market Addiction Aquatic Development. This place allows you to sample local as well as imported seafood (mainly from Japan) and some fresh produce. There are theme restaurants including a seafood bar, a sushi bar, and ones for grilled food and hot pot if you do decide to dine here. Comparing to Sydney's fish market, this place is much bigger in scale, has more variety and more of a premium environment.
Tanks selling live seafood
Tiger Prawns
Bread Crabs
Giant Claims
Horsehair Crabs & Lobsters
Frozen Seafood
Ribbon Fish
Horsehair Crabs
Giant Avocados
X'mas Decorations
Super Long Eggplants
Japanese imported strawberries $60 per box 😱
Giant King Crabs
Otoro (Fatty Tuna Belly)
Several kinds of fresh oysters being served
Cooked Seafood
A Selection of Cooked Food

Even though the fish market opens at 6am, the bars and restaurants only start opening from 9:30-11am and all close at midnight.

This place is definitely worth a visit if you enjoy fresh seafood or simply admire lively marine creatures.

AddressNo. 18, Alley 2, Lane 410, Minzu E Rd, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 104 (台北市民族東路410巷2弄18號 )
HoursMonday-Sunday 6am-12am
Phone: +886 2 2508 1268

Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall (中正紀念堂)

We decided to visit this memorial hall to touch up on a little bit of history.

 Old Newspapers

Old Records

Old Rice Cooker
Sedan Chair
Replica of Chiang Kai-Shek's Office
Chiang Kai-Shek's Personal Car
Is this Micky's ancestor?
AddressNo. 21, Zhongshan S Rd, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100 (台北市中正區中山南路21號 )
Hours: 9am-6pm
Phone: +886 2 2343 1100 

For lunch we went to a place called 千里之外 (A thousand miles away) for some authentic Guilin rice noodles. We found this place after some extensive research and were really looking forward to trying it. 

The banner says this place has been on the news from several channels
The menu is on the wall, with a picture of Guilin
The shop owner, who is also the chef, is preparing our noodles. Chop chop!
Pork Noodles $3.50 (Left) & Beef Noodles $4 (Right)
We ordered a bowl of pork noodles and a bowl of beef noodles. Both kinds of meat were stewed in a soup mix made with up to 20 different kinds of Chinese herbal medicines and spices. Presumably the meat should have been full of flavour, however we found the flavour quite mild. There were also some pickled bamboo shoots, snake beans, peanuts and spring onions on the side. 

Food: 5/10
Service: self-help
Atmosphere: 3/10

  • Authentic experience of what a local restaurant is like
  • We've had more authentic Guilin noodles
Website: https://www.facebook.com/tpglx/
Address: No. 24, Lane 115, Section 2, Minsheng E Rd, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 104 (民生東路2段115巷24號104Taipei)
Hours: Mon-Sun: 10am-8pm
Phone: +886 2 2536 1822

Dessert time! Wellmore Patisserie (維摩法式甜點)

This cafe is newly opened with a spacious modern looking interior, plenty of seating and walls decorated with paintings. 

We were welcomed by the friendly staff who went through each cake with us. The cakes looked amazing!

Iron Goddess with Passionfruit (Left) $6.30 & Russian Onion Dome (Right) $6.30
We got the Iron goddess with passionfruit cake and the Russian onion dome cake. As tea lovers, we had to get the Iron goddess, which is a kind of oolong tea. The creamy tea mousse was well balanced with the passionfruit jelly that had a hint of sourness. To give additional texture, a bed of soft spongy ladyfinger was used as the base. The Russian onion dome cake was elegant and tasty. The cake was filled with creamy matcha mousse and pistachio dacquoise, glazed over with a layer osmanthus, sat on top of a crunchy tart base, and finished off with a light and airy meringue.

Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Atmosphere: 10/10

  • Both cakes were amazing
  • Nice environment and friendly staff
  • We didn't get to try all their cakes!
AddressNo. 4, Alley 25, Lane 113, Section 3, Minsheng E Rd, Songshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 105 (民生東路三段113巷25弄4號)
Hours: Fri-Wed: 12-8pm
            Thurs: Closed 
Phone: +886 2 2713 1028

Dinner Shintori Waterfall Japanese Cuisine (新都里懷石料理)

Shintori is a Japanese fine dinning restaurant that nests in a hidden underground spot. As you walk down the stairs to find the restaurant you are presented with this beautiful garden pond of koi fish. 

Upon entry to the restaurant, you immediately sense a Japanese vibe in the atmosphere.

Both a la carte and degustation menus are available. We came here for dinner and got the a la carte menu. We forgot the prices, but they were expensive even compared to Sydney's fine dining restaurants.
Pan Seared Crab & White Fish
The crab was very fresh and so was the fish, the broth had a zingy refreshing taste to it.
Chawanmushi (Steamed Egg Custard)
The chawanmushi was as silky as tofu, a well executed dish.

Grilled Hokkaido Scallop
The scallop was massive in size, however it was overcooked. The meat was chewy and rubbery, very disappointing.
Chef's Sushi Selection

Matsutake Mushroom Soup
Matsutake mushroom is a highly prized mushroom in Japan. The soup was enjoyable, but we couldn't really taste the mushroom.

Seasonal Fruit
Mochi with soybean powder 
Food: 6/10
Service: 8/10
Atmosphere: 9/10

  • Beautiful atmosphere
  • Good sushi
  • Other dishes were average
  • Didn't live up to the price tag
Address10491, Taiwan, Taipei City, Zhongshan District, Section 1, Jianguo N Rd, No.80 B1(台北市中山區建國北路一段80號B1)
Hours: Mon-Sun 11:45am-2:30pm, 5:45pm-9:30pm
Phone: +886 2 2501 7000

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