Midnight Diner is Food for the SOUL!

I’ve recently got hooked on a hidden gem of a TV series. It’s a Japanese slice of life drama called ‘Shinya Shokudo’ which translates as Midnight Diner. It started in 2009 and five seasons have been made so far, with Seasons 4 and 5 having a slightly different title: Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories. These recent seasons were produced by Netflix and this is where you can find the show. But be careful because it’s easy to start watching from Season 4 and completely miss the first three seasons.

“Master” played by Kaoru Kobayashi

Midnight Diner is about a tiny Japanese restaurant in Shinjuku, Tokyo that is open from midnight to 7 a.m. It’s run by a man who everyone calls “Master”. He has a very limited menu with only one dish, a kind of pork stew, and three drinks: beer, sake and shochu. But he will prepare any dish the customer requests, so long as he has the ingredients. The customers order the kinds of dishes that you don’t usually get at a typical Japanese restaurant. They are often comfort foods more commonly prepared at home. Each dish has a special meaning to the customer and we usually learn the customer’s story during the episode.

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Stranger Things Season 4, Volume 1

I was planning to go see Top Gun Maverick last Friday night but the first seven episodes of Stranger Things Season 4 were released on Netflix. I started watching the first episode and got completely pulled into the story. Trying my best not to binge-watch the whole season that night, I watched the rest of the episodes over the weekend. A new show hasn’t had that effect on me since Cobra Kai. I’m still going to go see Maverick as I keep hearing how good it is.

Are you a fan of Stranger Things? I’ve enjoyed each season to varying degrees. Season 1 is my favourite, but this new season came pretty close to replacing it. Especially the first four episodes of Season 4. Here’s my brief Spoiler-Free review covering some of the things I enjoyed about it.

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