WARNING: DO NOT LOOK AT THE PICTURES WITHOUT FOOD IN FRONT OF YOU!
Since the comments for Suitei Yuzai turned into a Kodoku no Gurume discussion and the comments do say what I wanted to say about this show, I might as well do some copy and paste.
Anonymous said: So far in 2012 only Kodoko no Gurume (if Shinya Shokudo is softcore food
porn, this is hardcore) and Unmei no Hito have been satisfying.
Jung said: Kodoku no Gurume hahaha... that show is all food, and no plot!!! It's a
borderline variety show. Everything looked so good though... I loved
the korean solo bbq episode... omg
Anonymous said: The food is the plot! Like, dramatic percussion... tracking shot of some
insanely tasty-looking dish, our protagonist goes all over it, and then
we get variations on the "this is great" tune. Never missed an episode.
Kodoku no Gurume is food torture porn, unless you live in Japan. I won't find good Japanese food in Melbourne. Even something simple like katsudon can never be as crispy as the ones in Japan. Its now 12 am and my stomach is going nuts. Should have bought some food before writing this.
This is very close to a variety show. There's always some story with our main character going about his job and interacting with clients/residents of the area he is visiting but half the episodes don't even qualify as stories. Not to mention that the last 5 minutes is the mangaka visiting the shop that the main character went to.
Might as well do your typical food variety show with your gravure actress visiting various eateries. It is fun listening to Goro's inner monologue. Reminds me of being in Japan, looking for ramen shops, looking at the menu at the wall and what other people are eating.
As a drama, Kodoku no Gurume fails because there's hardly any story. They waste time going to the same shop twice. Its more food variety show disguised as a dorama rather than the other way around.