Title: Let’s Eat/식사를 합시다 (Korean Drama)
Broadcasting Station: TvN
Airing from-to: Nov 28, 2013 to Mar 13, 2014
Number of Episodes: 16
Let’s Eat depicts the daily life and romance of a single woman and a murder case occurs in her neighborhood. Lee Soo-Kyung is a 33-year-old single woman. She divorced when she was in her 20’s and now lives alone. She always wants to carry herself with dignity, but she loses self-control when she is near gourmet foods. Koo Dae-Young is a gourmet, especially talented with describing the taste of foods. He often lies when he opens his mouth, but he is usually considerate to others.
It’s not a strong first episode but I already like the cast of comical characters and can’t wait to see them united by the love of food, especially the two main leads Lee Soo-Kyung and Koo Dae-Young. The great shots of various dishes are an added bonus (the whole drama is about food, as you might have guessed from the title).
Soo-Kyung is an oddball of a character who has been divorced for three years and enjoys trying out popular restaurants for the delicious ride. It’s obvious she’s someone who eats with abandon and who doesn’t care about gaining weight. Or maybe she’s one of those people who never get fat. She works at a law firm and she obviously has a law-related background or degree though she’s not a lawyer herself, so I’m curious about that aspect. Soo-Kyung is also pretty lonely so it would be great watching her get close to her neighbors.
Dae-Young, on the other hand, is an absolute joy to watch. He’s a ridiculous, living contradiction: a slob who lives in a dirty, bachelor-style apartment, wears flip-flops and ajussi jumpsuits around the house but transforms into a complete gentlemen when he’s about to meet one of his girls. The best part is he has his own full rack of clothes at the neighborhood dry cleaner where he does his magical transformation. Closets are so last century, huh?
Cue Twilight Zone Music. This:
Transforms into this:
Neat trick, huh?
There are two other main characters as well: a lawyer at Soo-Kyung’s firm called Kim Hak-Moon and a rich girl, Yoon Jin-Yi, whose family went bankrupt and is supposedly trying to live frugally (trying being the word). She moves in next door to Soo-Kyung and Dae-Young’s apartments. Hak-Moon is full of himself and seems to hold a torch for Soo-Kyung, or is at least miffed by her disinterest. Jin-Yi is typically spoiled but is so sweet-natured you can’t hate her for something she can’t help. She’s also either too optimistic or naive (I’d say a combination of both) for hoping that the issue of her family’s bankruptcy and her dad’s imprisonment as a result would soon be resolved. She thinks of her current situation as a rare opportunity to live independently that it might be a little heartbreaking when she snaps from this bubble she’s shut herself in and faces reality.