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K-Drama Review: “Dinner Mate” Delights Viewers With Bundles of Light Humor and Heart-Fluttering Moments

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Dinner Mate dotes on the idea of how two strangers turned into dinner mates. Having a hearty meal while sharing personal heartbreaks, they heal each other through love.

Based from the webtoon titled Shall We Have Dinner Tonight?, MBC’s latest offering Dinner Mate dished out “romantic relationships” as its main course. The perfectly balanced humor, lovely scenes, and intense chemistry between the leads will surely appease the hearts of those people longing for Seo Ji Hye’s happy ending since Crash Landing On You.

Dinner Mate

TITLE: DINNER MATE | 저녁 같이 드실래요
NETWORK: MBC
THEME: ROMANCE, COMEDY, DRAMA
LENGTH: 32 EPISODES
BROADCAST DATE: 25 MAY 2020 – 14 JULY 2020
MAIN LEADS:  Song Seung Heon, Seo Ji Hye, Lee Ji Hoon, Son Na Eun
HIGHLIGHTS: Iconic Scenes | Striking Cameos | Vibrant OSTs |
OVERALL RATING:
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Dinner Mate


QUICK PLOT ROUND-UP

Woo Do Hee (Seo Ji Hye), a producer from a media company, believes that her boyfriend Lee Young Dong (Lee Jung Hyun) is going to propose to her. She then flies all the way to Jeju Island to meet her boyfriend. However, to her surprise, her boyfriend is proposing to someone else.

Devastated and heartbroken, she comes across Kim Hae Kyung (Song Seung Heon) a psychiatrist and food therapist. The two decide to have dinner together and later on, they became “dinner mate”. But there are rules – they cannot share personal information such as names, profession and family backgrounds. And, falling in love is strictly prohibited as their relationship is being dinner mates only.

Throughout the process, Hae Kyung and Do Hee start feeling attracted to each other. Things get complicated when each of their exes show up, and their weaknesses get revealed by their former partners.


Highlights

Iconic Scenes

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

The drama opens re-creating the iconic scene from the 1960’s film, Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Like the movie’s heroine, Do Hee completes Audrey Hepburn’s look by wearing a classic black dress. She even mimicked the scene of having a light breakfast with coffee and pastry, while standing in front of a jewelry shop. There is also one scene from the drama where she watched the movie and admitted that she really love the film.

Crash Landing On You

Crash Landing On You fans, where you at? When we thought our hearts get finally fulfilled with the void the drama has left us, say no more, because we got more!

2N Box’s PD Woo Do Hee is planning for a new content. While brainstorming for ideas, she opt using “past life regression method” wherein a psychiatrist from the computer screen hypnotizes her to regain her past life memories. The psychiatrist from the screen states, “You are walking on a field with soft grass. Does anything come into sight?”

Woo Do Hee gets immersed, giving a glimpse of the man in a military uniform. Music cue! Crash Landing on You OST starts playing. She starts speaking in North Korean accent, “I see a comrade in a military uniform.” The man in the uniform appears to be Kim Hae Kyung and calls her Dan. She utters, “Dan! That’s my name.”

Striking Cameos

Player Actors

Remarkably, the drama stars the actors from Song Seung Heon’s previous drama project Player.

In the first episode, Lee Si Eon and Tae Won Seok appeared as food truck owners, whereas, in the drama Player, Lee Si Eon played the role of Im Byung Min the professional hacker while Tae Won Seok is the softie fighter named Do Jin Woong.

Taking the role of the nosy yet extremely caring nurse named Lee Byeong Jin is Kim Seo Kyung who appeared in Player as Mike. Woo Do Hee’s father (Jung Eun Pyo) also starred in Player as Jin Yong Joon.

One of our favorite seasoned actors Kim Won Hae who often takes on versatile roles, appeared in the drama as a depressed widower. He played the role of Jang In Kyu in the drama Player.

Sandara Park

Sandara Park, the member of the phenomenal K-Pop group 2NE1 appeared in the drama as a former idol and actress. She was diagnosed with anorexia and suffers with stress due to hateful online comments about her.

Vibrant OSTs

Dinner Mate by OVAN

“Yummy Yummy” by MC Mong (feat. Chancellor)

“Dear My Star” by Sondia

“More Than Words” by SHAUN

“Midnight Cinderella” by Eun


Series Afterthoughts & Recommendations

Delivering a clear and delicate story about relationships, Dinner Mate hits the right notes in balancing humor and romance. The unique and eventful first encounter of the main leads provide big laughs and got me hooked in its pilot week. On a serious tone, the drama sheds light on mental health issues – with the heroine’s obsessive ex-boyfriend/first love.

Woo Do Hee and Kim Hae Kyung are reminders that “true love” does not come to those reluctant. It comes to people who has the courage to wholeheartedly accept someone’s dark past and flaws.

The creative presentation of every segments make its 32 episodes an entertaining and satisfying watch. Plus, the chemistry of Seo Ji Hye and Song Seung Heon is what I’ve signed up for, which I do not regret. The equally spontaneous peppy main leads and cheerful supporting characters make it worth recommending.

Overall, Dinner Mate is a lighthearted and enjoyable drama that will definitely charm in your way, putting a sweet smile on your face. For anyone looking for a cozy and filling new drama, I would highly recommend watching Dinner Mate while having a hearty and extra special dinner night.


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