Taiwan is a seafood lover's paradise, and 89 seafood is one of those places that makes you go, WOW!
Tucked deep inside He Jiang Street in Central Taipei City, 89 Seafood serves up fresh monster king crabs from the Hokkaido region of Japan.
The restaurant is non descript, is covered by 2 dining areas across the alley from each other and an outside cooking area that is perpetually busy chopping up fresh king crabs and barbecuing the meaty legs for diners.
Getting one of these crabs isn't difficult. 89 seafood has several tanks filled with them and delivered fresh off the fishing boat. However, you must order in advance, make a reservation, and let them know how many diners are in your party.
Phone number: 02 2501 6167
Crab prices are based on weight and can run anywhere from 8000NT to 10,000 NT for one. It is best to come with a large group of people as these crabs are full of fresh, succulent meat that will fill you up in no time.
The legs of the crab are taken off by the cook and barbecued. The rest of the body and claws are served raw on a plate to be cooked in a hot pot. The hot pot has a few vegetables including corn and tomatoes.
89 Seafood has other staple dishes including stir fried clams, deep fried oysters, and a variety of steamed fish choices.
One note, if you want a picture with a crab, you need to get there a bit early. 89 Seafood gets busy and the staff is busy and unable to wait around for photo ops.
MRT: 8 minute walk