Pouring a perfect cocktail is a difficult feat, but one bartender, Ryuu Sasakura, is such a master of his craft that his drinks are renowned worldwide. No matter what challenges are thrown his way, Ryuu takes the time to get to know his customers and serves them the most helpful concoction for their joys and sorrows. With a calm demeanor and caring heart, this skilled bartender will do whatever it takes to make his clientele, and colleagues, happy.
Hitohira and Bartender both take an inspirational outlook on life. Although Bartender has a little more stop and go approach. It does not seem to flow as nicely as Hitohira does although it does have a certain appeal.
To celebrate its 100th anniversary, the Tozai newspaper has planned on publishing the ‘Ultimate Menu' - describing a model meal of food and drink for the Japanese public. They have enlisted the help of Shirou Yamaoka, a journalist who has a culinary past of his own: his father Kaibara Yuuzan, the founder of the elite Gourmet Club, trained him to become a world class chef. However, bitter about the way their family was put on the sidelines for his father's precise tastes, Shirou broke all of Kaibara's expensive pottery and left the household. Now, Shirou and his partner Yuuko Kirita set forth to experience the tastes, smells and experiences of a variety of Japanese cuisine, including ramen, gyoza, sake, fish and beyond, in order to construct the perfect Ultimate Menu!
Oishinbo and Bartender are two realistic series that focus entirely on something in the culinary world - from straight alcohol in Bartender to food (and the occasional beverage) in Oishinbo. Both are loaded with oodles of facts and can become quite tedious and boring after awhile, so consume them in small doses.
Located on a small street near the center of Rome, the Casetta dell'orso is a small yet popular restaurant staffed by a group of older, bespectacled gentlemen. Nicoletta is a twenty-one-year-old woman who has just arrived in Rome to meet with her estranged mother's husband, who owns the restaurant. She intends to inform him that not only was his wife married once before, but also that she is her daughter - a secret her mother desperately wants kept. When she arrives at the restaurant Nicoletta becomes enamoured with Claudio, one of the waiters, and begins to spend more time there. Despite the age gap, Nicoletta finds her feelings towards Claudio growing; and after making a promise to keep her mother's secret, Nicoletta begins working at the restaurant as an apprentice chef. Now she is trying her hardest to become a good cook, but can Nicoletta overcome the difference in age and win the quiet Claudio's heart?
Ristorante Paradiso and Bartender are both extremely slow series that bring all of the characters together. Each of the manga series involves a great detail on the character development and takes time to progress through the story. They also each involve food and drinks captivating the people that are in the restaurants while spinning a relaxing tale of their lives.