Searching for a meaningful food drama? Look no further!
Try Shimeshi now. It’s not your typical mainstream sort of drama and that’s why it’s brilliant. Slightly odd but most definitely intriguing and it feels like some parts just hit you right at your gut. It’s relatable as it touches on life in general and to say the least, I actually teared up during the first episode itself. And there wasn’t even anything dramatic going on. It just goes in its own pace and when it sinks in, I find myself getting wet eyes.
At first glance, the restaurant featured in this drama may look just like any other. However, it’s got its quirks. It only serves one customer per day. What makes it even more special is that it strives to serve whatever the customers wants, often times, flavors that have already been lost years ago. So if a customer wants a dish from a restaurant, say 30 years ago, the chefs will try their best to bring back that very exact flavor.
Not only that, the chefs go extra mile by looking into the customers’ profile and background, understand their problems and why they’ve chosen the dish. And later, they might in certain ways, help the customers choose the right path in their lives when they come upon a crossroad.
The restaurant only has 3 workers. The owner, Juri (Manaka Ayu) who does most of the communication with the guest and two chefs. Head chef Renichi (Murakami Jun) is a man of few words but able to absorb the customers’ feelings/memories and reproduce the flavors they wanted. Second chef Oze (Hayashi Kento) is mostly doing the ground work, compiling information and preparing the ingredients for Renichi.
I like the concept of this drama. It reminds me of Shinya Shokudo and Suteki na Sen TAXI. They have different guests in each episode that depicts different lives so it stays sort of fresh every episode because you never know what you’ll get. The food is a beauty as well, even a hamburger stew makes me drool so much (1st ep). It’s a mini series with only 4 episodes and 24 minutes each. Easy to follow and best of all, it’s being subbed. They also added a short segment at the end of the episode by teaching how to cook certain recipe.