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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!
Yui Sonezaki is in a bind. When her father left for Singapore years ago to perfect his curry technique, she was left in charge of Curry House Cooking Ganesha by herself. Now, with business dwindling, Yui will soon have to close down the shop - that is, until she suddenly comes across a starving man in the street! His name is Makito and he's a friend of her father, not to mention his curry skills are unprecedented. Together, the two decide to give Ganesha another try and make it the best curry shop around. However, many challenges stand in their way such as preventing the Suirei Corporation from taking them over, taking place in epic curry battles, training new staff and even competing with a local crepemobile!
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.
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.