Grand Maison Tokyo is a great Japanese drama about food and the high-end restaurant industry. Grand Maison Tokyo is about a former cooking prodigy (who fell from grace after a food poisoning incident) and his rise back up through the industry.
The main character in Grand Maison Tokyo is Obana (played by Kimura Takuya, one of Japan’s most famous actors), and the rest of the characters in the show are either former associates or people he meets as he tries to reenter the cooking industry.
Obana is an impressive main character and the show is worth watching just to see his flair and style in the kitchen; however, it is his relationships with other characters that really complete the show. Obana starts the show being portrayed as someone who can’t get along with others, and someone who has burned many bridges with colleagues from the past. By the end of the show though, your impression of Obana will change as you begin to see the better parts of Obana’s personality. The camaraderie of the entire kitchen as they work to become a 3-star Michelin restaurant is also inspiring (starting from a newly created restaurant all the way to the top of the food industry).
Grand Maison Tokyo is a fictional drama, so it doesn’t have the historical component that The Emperor’s Cook has. However, the characters in Grand Maison Tokyo are very good and the storyline is very interesting, making it a must watch for anyone who enjoyed watching The Emperor’s Cook (or food shows in general).
Grand Maison Tokyo Recommendation Rating: 4.5
1: Something worth checking out if you have time
2: Something that is a hit for some people, but not a must for everyone
3: Something worth prioritizing if interested
4: Something worth making time to check out
5: An absolute home run, worth going out of your way for
This is a blog for myself (and hopefully others) to keep track of all of the places, restaurants, books, movies, etc. that I do not want to forget. I am a college student who has lived in the US, Asia, and Europe for extended periods of time; I am very lucky to have had these experiences, and I want to share my recommendations with people interested in any of these locations.
NONE of these posts are advertisements. I do not have any discount codes or promotions for anything I write about; however, this should be considered a positive because it means that everything I write about reflects my true feelings. In order to keep this blog positive, my posts will only be recommendations for the things I enjoy the most in life. The topics will vary between whatever subjects I am interested in at a certain time, and I will have 1-2 new posts per day.
I wish I could have started this project earlier while some of my memories were fresher in my mind, but it is better late than never. I hope that other people will have the chance to visit or experience things that I write about, and I hope that people will have a similar taste in life to myself!