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Experience Manila for a Day: Grits, Hipster Finds and Sunsets

Experience Manila for a Day: Grits, Hipster Finds and Sunsets

This experience guide is a mixture of the old and new. As we try to re-introduce Manila to you in a different angle.

Inuman Session: How to Throw One – Pinoy Style

Inuman Session: How to Throw One – Pinoy Style

  Okay, so we want to break away from our usual restaurant reviews and travel guide contents. Sometimes, the Fat Girls Day Out crew would just like to stay at home and lounge around the house. Because come on traffic here in Manila has been […]

Addiction Aquatic Development Taipei: Tsukiji’s Contender?

Addiction Aquatic Development Taipei: Tsukiji’s Contender?

Moving forward on our 2nd Phase from our Taiwan Series. If you haven’t read yet our Taiwan travel snippets we highly suggest that you read that first then go back to this article.

Think Taipei is all about their lively night markets and their awesome Dim Sum places? Not really. If you are a serious foodie and normally prioritize the food culture next to none, then the Addiction Aquatic Development is the place to visit when in Taipei.

 

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Addiction Aquatic Development is an enormous space that houses fresh seafood and aquamarine products, a large Japanese-style supermarket, and many themed restaurants and food kiosks under one roof. It is developed by Mitsui food and beverage enterprise group, who also owns several.

 

Sitting near the Songshan Airport, and what used to be the old Taipei Fish Market, it is now an upscale and classy market with Addiction Aquatic Development. It stands head and shoulders beyond other famous seafood markets in the world such as Tokyo’s Tsukiji Fish Market, Seoul’s Noryangjin Fish Market, Sydney’s Fish Market, and Perth’s Fremantle Market.

 

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The moment we entered the ADD, we were overwhelmed with the sights, sounds, and smell. The entire compound is separated into different areas. There are areas where diners can buy sushi to go and eat on the provided tables outside. There are areas where you pick the seafood or meat you want and have it cooked. And also areas where you can buy fruits and flowers.

 

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The vicinity map

To put things into context we’ll share with you each section and categories of what to expect during your visit and why you should visit this seafood mecca.

The Addiction Aquatic Development can be separated into several areas:

1. Live Seafood
2. Sushi Bar
3. Supermarket
4. Meats
5. Tapas Bar
6. Oyster Bar
7. Grilling Station
8. Hot Pot

Some may argue that there are 10 areas, but during our , isit we feel that there are really 8 general sections.

 

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At the main entrance, you will be welcomed by the Live Aquamarine area.

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The idea is to eliminate the middleman and to deal directly with consumers. With this, Addiction Aquatic Development is able to pass on the savings through providing reasonably priced live seafood from all over the world.

 

Expect a solid spread of fresh oysters, king crabs, lobsters, abalone, uni, scallops and much more.

 

 

Apart from seafood, you can also get imported and local fresh fruits, vegetables, and meat. Imported items from grains, cheese and other delectable items you find.

 

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Roam around and pick what you want.

 

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We went frantic. Thus, the haul.

 

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The Seafood Bar at Addiction Aquatic Development offers large varieties of fresh seafood. Eat your heart’s delight.

 

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We ordered their fresh salmon and tuna sashimi for appetizers. The thick slices of fish were served on a bed of ice. This came with fresh wasabi. The servers teach you how to grind them and place a small amount on each of your plates. This combination of the fresh wasabi, soy sauce and fish is a happy bite that melts in your mouth.

 

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Price Points: A Nigiri Sushi Set with salad, grilled items, and soup is priced between NT$580 to NT$980. A 9 piece Nigiri Sushi Combo is also inexpensive at NT$460. Check your currency exchange rates for a more accurate NT$-PHP or NT$-USD.

 

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You may opt to have it to go as well. Fresh oysters, shrimps, scallops, and crabs. This is located just behind the sushi bar with limited seats.

 

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Aside from your basic fresh produce of sushis and sashimis. You can get freshly cooked bento sets here, alongside several numbers of mains of the day.

 

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In this visit, we opted to try the Hot Pot. Luckily, there was no line and we were able to get a table without a reservation.

 

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Located upstairs. Seafood and vegetables cooked in a seaweed soup base hot pot. Varieties range from Hotpot with Sliced Pork (NT$480), Sliced Beef Short Ribs (NT$880), Mud Crab (NTS980) to a deluxe pot with seasonal seafood and sliced beef sirloin (NT$1680).

 

A seafood pot starts from NT$980/SET.

 

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It is simple – you just order whatever you want from grill stalls, and your seafood will be grilled to order and served hot.

 

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That absolute simplicity of fresh, flavorful seafood, complete with red wine and a touch of winter Taipei’s breezy weather- is one of the most essential exprience that you should partake during your visit.

Few pointers worth mentioning before you go:

  1. Cash only. No credit cards
  2. All areas except the hotpot section (reserve here: 886 2 2508 1268) are on a first-come, first, serve basis.
  3. 10 areas are independently operated. No bringing in of food from other areas into another section.
  4. Pets aren’t allowed (sorry, dog and cat parents)
  5. Opening Hours: 6:00am – 12:00am

So Yes, we can call Addictive Aquatic Development as Taipei’s answer to Tokyo’s Tsukiji Fish Market.

Hope we’re able to provide you a snapshot of what to expect or better yet entice you to visit this wonderful seafood haven.

 


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Addiction Aquatic Development
No. 18, Alley 2, Ln 410, Minzu E Rd
Tel: (02) 2508 1268
Daily: 6am – 12midnight
Nearest Station: Zhongshan Jr. High School Station/ XingTian Temple Station

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Nikkei: Peruvian-Japanese Hybrid Does Fusion Justice

Nikkei: Peruvian-Japanese Hybrid Does Fusion Justice

A scrumptious confluence of Japanese and Peruvian food. Picture sushi meets ceviche and beyond.

Vengo: Taco Tuesdays and a Glass or Two of Mojitos

Vengo: Taco Tuesdays and a Glass or Two of Mojitos

What better way to spend late night jaunts til’ 3 am than at a coffee shop or perhaps while you finish that pitcher of Margarita.

Templó Modern Szechuan: A Contemporary Take on the Classic

Templó Modern Szechuan: A Contemporary Take on the Classic

If you are anyone like us who seek out a good spicy food and any other ‘ump’ to their dish then you’re in for a treat my friend. Templó Modern Szechuan is a strong new entrant player in the Banawe QC neighborhood. If you are in the mood for some spicy challenge to awaken your taste buds then this is the perfect place for you.

You may say that opening another Chinese restaurant in the Banawe strip/neighborhood yet again is stereotypical. The market may be saturated perhaps for a new entrant to come in and not succeed, but  Templó Modern Szechuan is making sure that it’ll offer something different to the market. It occupies that space- where its major focal point is to offer Szechuan inspired cuisine (heat, heat and more heat) yet can be tailor fitted anyone’s taste buds.

Templó interior gives you that sense of you are entering a Buddhist temple. The design was intentional more or less. If you’ve traveled to the Sichuan province in China you’d see these adornments from their temples. Dominant red and gold from the restaurants interior and the overall facade of the place.

 

Our Recommendations

We were able to sample their specials during our visit and there are a few items on this spread that stood out for us.

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Styling by: EJ Bunag of IG: @ilovetoeatph

 

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The Halibut Chong Qing Style. Well played use of different spices giving the broth a rich red color. Spicy yet comforting.

 

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Golden Squid Ink Hakaw. (155php)

 

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The Yin Yang Fried Rice (265php)

 

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Top Shell with Tsing Tao Sauce (685php)

 

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Salted Egg Tempura Shrimp (360php)

 

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Pork Intestine in Chili Oil (265php)

 

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Left -Right: Apple Perilla Juice (128php), Tamarind Ice Tea (98php)

 

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Signature Milk Tea (115php) Tea leaves directly sourced from Thailand

Check out their full menu HERE.

 

Spicy and bold flavors that mixed well with lots of herbs, garlic and of course the staple Szechuan peppers. Templó base-taste matrix is true to its core ethos- the Szechuan cuisine and yet played well with managing how the whole fusion cuisine dynamics maintaining that authenticity to the presentation of flavors.

Fusion cuisine has been around for as long as there have been people from different lands, living in close proximity, exchanging and recombining their food traditions. It naturally emerges when culture overlaps. As a consumer, we are more knowledgeable about food from other countries and daring enough to sample new flavors. And fusion has a new audience of younger diners who have grown up with this exposure and are eager to try new, bold combos. Templó Modern Szechuan is positioning itself to that space and we’re glad that they are daring enough to offer something niche to the Filipino market.

Special appreciation to Team Kaladkarin for tagging the Fat Girls Day Out crew in their Sunday-Funday food adventure!

Templó Modern Szechuan 

  • Address: 55 Dapitan Street Corner D. Tuazon Brgy. Lourdes | Dapitan Lifestyle ComplexQuezon City.
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  • Contact: +632 2447640
  • Operating Hours: 10:00am-11:00pm

 

Templó Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Discovery Suites Manila’s Valentine’s Week Specials: Love and all its Grandeur

Discovery Suites Manila’s Valentine’s Week Specials: Love and all its Grandeur

Curated and carefully prepared by the Discovery Suites Manila Team they are launching these excellent packages to perk up the month of Love. Specials will be available Feb. 12-28!

Manila Biennale 2018: Vernissage of Manila’s Soul

Manila Biennale 2018: Vernissage of Manila’s Soul

  The Fat Girls Day Out crew was at open house preview of the Manila Biennale:OPENCITY 2018. Positioned as the “first art experience festival in the history of the city”, Manila Biennale will see Intramuros become a vast art exposition for sculpture, painting, video, film, performance, […]

Tendon Kohaku: Gives Us Another Bowl of Shrimp Tendon Please

Tendon Kohaku: Gives Us Another Bowl of Shrimp Tendon Please

Tendon Kohaku is a specialty tempura rice bowl restaurant that started the recent craze in Singapore that went viral due to more than hour-long queues. This concept restaurant is now here in the Philippines and the Fat Girls Day Out crew are pretty big fans of anything served Donburi style. We decided to stop by at around 6 pm to avoid the long lines during peak dinner hours.

 

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Theis concept restaurant was founded by Japanese restaurant group Kings Know Inc. with market presence in Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, and their new addition here in Manila. The Philippine franchise is by the UCC group who brought us the highly addicting Cheese ramen of Mitsuyado Sei-Men and Coco Ichibanya Curry.

 

Tendon Kohaku

 

Tendon, of course, is the concatenated word from Tempura (tempura) and Donburi (rice bowl dish) referring to poles apart tempura served over rice in a bowl, while Kohaku means “amber” in Japanese, which envoys the color of their hot and newly cooked tempura. Cooked perfectly- crispy with their golden batter and their addicting amber-colored sauce.

 

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Semi-Open Kitchen Concept

 

They embrace the ‘Open Kitchen’ concept for full transparency and as a stage to view the flames, steam, and clattering in the kitchen as part of the whole dining experience.

Tendon Kohaku’s secret lies in the mixture of what goes into their tempura: fresh ingredients, Black Tiger Prawns coated in a light, palatable tempura batter that’s cooked to a crispy amber. Pooled together with their in-house secret sauce, it gives their tempura a flavor profile unlike any you’ve ever tasted.

 

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Shrimp Tendon Set (450php)

 

8 pcs of black tiger prawns tempura for Php450 + service charge.  It can actually be shared by two, just order one more cup of rice. And maybe ask for an additional side of their special sauce.

 

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Kimchi Omelette with Cheese

 

All their tendon bowls come with miso soup and pickled yuzu radish to complete your dining experience. Looking to go healthy? Upgrade your white rice for their Kohaku Multi-grain rice for additional 30php.

Right now they are getting bad rep for;

  • Price point being too expensive
  • Batter being ‘too hard’

Our take on their price is that ‘we always get what we pay for‘. Don’t expect Tokyo Tokyo price level and still get a bowl of Japanese rice, large tiger prawns and the wait staff who will proactively fill your Japanese cold teacup. The tempura batter is hard, well for us it wasn’t. The prawn needs that certain kind of structure yet crunchy when you bit into it to muster the special coating of their sauce to avoid every piece of tempura to be soggy.  As we always say; “To each his own”. As for the Fat Girls Day Out team, we’ll be back to have another round of their wonderful tempura.

With a lot of international franchises coming into the country who over promise consistency and extraordinary taste, yet a few have failed to deliver. Tendon Kohaku seems that they are doing something right- Spot on service, quality of ingredients and delicious rice meals.

Our CX Rating

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TENDON KOHAKU MANILA

3/F Uptown Mall, 36th Street Corner 9th Avenue, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
Operating Hours: Sunday-Thursdays: 11.00 AM – 10.00 PM, Friday – Saturday: 11.00 AM – 11.00 PM
Facebook@tendonkohaku
Telephone: +632 838-2476

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La Mère Poulard: Tradition and Quality Since 1888

La Mère Poulard: Tradition and Quality Since 1888

La Mère Poulard in Manila is the fourth branch of the renowned French restaurant. The original restaurant still sits in Mont Saint-Michel, while the two other branches can be found in Japan. There are only 4 La Mère Poulard in the whole world and that includes their venture here in the Philippines.