Food doramas are always a jdorama staple that you can't run away from. Not all of them can be Shinya Shokudo or Osen but at the very least, I'm looking for a decent story to keep me watching.
Yabe Kenzo stars as a yakuza who has to hide at a university student's apartment when an assassination attempt goes wrong.
However, Yabe Kenzo is an excellent cook and food is important to him because as a yakuza, you never know when your last day is.
In a nutshell, Otoko Meshi is cooking show featuring a yakuza cooking for a struggling student and his friends while imparting life lessons on them. I like that Yabe Kenzo is never heavy handed with the advice that he gives.
I find it more fun to watch than Saigo no Restaurant or Kamogawa Shokudo because it keeps things simple but allows interesting variations to the formula such as episode 5 where we get a different cook and a dish of interesting origins. Watchable.