Pasta (2010)

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Seo Yoo Kyung, endured the grueling job of kitchen assistant at high-class restaurant La Sfera for two years in hopes of being promoted to chef. Things are looking up as she meets a handsome stranger on the street who ends up being the restaurant's new head chef. His first day on the job, however, he fires all the female cooks, including Yoo Kyung. Yoo Kyung, too stubborn to let go of her read moredream, she is willing to do whatever it takes to get her job back. Yoo Kyung struggles as she butts heads with the new chef while trying to learn everything she can from him at the same time, and sparks begin to fly. Things are complicated by the presence of Kim San, a charming customer with an eye for Yoo Kyung who seems to have mysterious ties to the restaurant, and Oh Sae Young, a famous TV Chef and former love of Hyun Wook, not to mention the kitchen politics that get in the way of their budding romance.

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Sep 1, 2013
  • Overall 10
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
I LOVED Pasta. It was beautiful and funny and just aDORKable. The main female lead is very determined and very stubborn but she doesn't do it with an intention to be difficult or impairing and is actually very sweet. The main male lead (eee!!! I love this guy!!) is just awesome by nature. He's hot-tempered and controlling and likes to see things his way but has a soft spot for those around read more him. The acting was straight on and VERY cute and VERY natural.

I found myself singing along with the OSTs so much my mom got so annoyed and threatened to unplug the computer if I didn't stop said singing. The music flowed to the scenes, but i will say you;ll get distracted by the story more so than the OST, however it's still really awesome.

This story has awesome side characters and very attention grabbing side stories. The nonchalant AND aggressive jealousy was a sight to see. You grow an attachment to all the characters and you really take a feel for them whether you love, hate, whether want to throttle them, stuff them neatly into a bag of cotton balls, or pinch their cheeks just hug them! :)

In Conclusion: This drama has become one of my ForeverFavorites
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11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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Oct 31, 2011
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 5.0
Pasta would be an overall delightful watch if it weren't for a couple of absolutely annoying, infuriating traits.

I think it's necessary for me to premise that I have first hand experience of how a high level restaurant/kitchen works. This is why I was attracted to it in the first place.

For the most part, what happens in the kitchen of this drama is exactly the same you will find in Michelin-stars read more kitchen all over the world: the strict hierarchy, the arguments between kitchen chef and restaurant direction, the treatment of women (things are rapidly changing, but high level cuisine has been for a long time a male domain, where women were treated almost like slaves). Even details in this drama are absolutely realistic, from the utensils they use to the allocation of each cooking-partie.
I had a great time watching the whole kimchi debacle, as I know for a fact that this is exactly the kind of problem a chef in such a kitchen would face.

BUT. Like Beca, the female lead annoyed me. Royally. Not so much because she would say Yes Chef every second word - that's actually quite accurate - but because she was ambitious but never showed any sign of having learnt anything. If you want to succeed in the gourmet world and you have the chance to work with a great chef you don't discuss his menu decisions: you learn! She is at the same time too humble and too conceited. She bows her head when she should show pride (grrrrrrr) and fights against the chef when HE is right (double grrrrrrr)!
And please don't get me started on the way she eats spaghetti. I'm Italian and, believe me, I cringed, to say the least. She would grab a handful of oily spaghetti and thrust them in her mouth with her hands, chewing them as if it were pigswill. In front of other people. I was disgusted. I respect different customs from mine, but you don't work in a 3-star (or even a 1 star) Italian restaurant without knowing how to eat spaghetti, for Pete's sake!

Lee Sun Gyun on the other hand is amazing. He is an arrogant jerk, but he is absolutely believable. I would never fall for such a man, but nothing he does or say comes out as unrealistic. Let me be just a little spoilerish here and say that his declaration is a great one! I finished the drama because of him and the rest of the hilarious, spot-on kitchen staff.

I can't remember the music, I'm afraid. Hence the 7.

I'm not sure I'll rewatch this drama. I laughed a lot, it entertained me a lot, but there are parts I'd need to skip entirely if I wanted to go through a second watch.
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Both takes part in a restaurant and tells the story of a love btwn chef and the worker.
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Even though the settings are different, I found many similarities between the two dramas:

- A cold, selfish but brilliant man becomes in charge of a group of people
- A sweet, warm-hearted girl falls in love with him
- A kinder second lead pines after the girl
- The dramas concentrate on the lives of the group of people also rather than just the main couple (more so in Beethoven's Virus, I think).
- Main lead makes decisions for the group that others don't approve of, causes drama
- Main lead slowly earns the trust of the members creating a more united team

The only major difference I saw was that there wasn't as much of an emphasis on romance in Beethoven's Virus as there was in Pasta.
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    Anicsi Roscoe 14 days ago

    This is really a loveable drama. Gong Hyo Jin's dramas have, for whatever reason, a very distinctive charm. Even though Pasta cannot be compared to masterpieces such as Master's Sun or even It's Okay, That's Love, it's still a very refreshing drama. However, be warned, if you don't enjoy cooking or competition in the culinary world, this drama might be a bit slow-paced for you. It starts out quite strong, but as with many other K-dramas, it loses momentum in the middle. The romance is adorable, but sometimes frustrating (what kind of couple starts dating and then takes forever to even just kiss??)
    PROs: Fantastic lead actors, ESPECIALLY the role of Choi Hyun Wook was great. (In the beginning I thought he was a sexist asshole. But as time goes on, you'll find he is really consistent. He has flaws, but he's no coward, and all his yelling and scolding has its reason). Refreshing themes; no annoying and meddlesome parents in-law; lovable second-leads; funny supporting characters;
    CONs: A bit too much cooking. Even though I really, really love to cook, i don't have to see the same restaurant and frying shots that many times; The kitchen wars are quite overwhelming at some point.

    Anyway, very enjoyable, but not outstanding. It's down-to earth, so everyone who wants light-hearted romance and real-life working environment or who's been wondering what working in the culinary world really means: This is a drama for you. Gets a 7 from me.

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    Twyx Dec 22, 2015

    Loved it soooo much! One of my favourite Korean dramas for sure, maybe the best one :D Great actors and great story! Well done :D

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    wolfgirl9 Jul 20, 2015

    to be honest I was disappointed with the ending, like what the hell ...

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    AnaK24 May 1, 2015

    The best pasta-in-love drama. So many great actors. Kudos to everyone.

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    KoriNeko18 Jan 26, 2015

    Sun Gyun's character in this was just ansolutely awesome! Like, what else can you say about Choi Hyun Wook. Loved this drama, because one, food, and two, it's not all romance.

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    heavenlene Aug 25, 2014

    Head Chef is too sadistic and maknea chef is too masochistic hhhmm..perfect combi :P learned a lot about cooking fine dishes through this drama :P cool storyline

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    ROSE Aug 10, 2014

    never bored of it

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    Sapaieo Apr 18, 2014

    His "michyeoss-eo?" face is so sexy.

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    blindassassin Feb 14, 2014

    I started watching this because I'm a Lee Sun Gyun fan, however I hate dramas where the male lead domineers over the female lead so...end of story.

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    holldoll32 Feb 9, 2014

    choi jin hyuk was in pasta?! i dont remember that! as who...?

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      pegah Mar 22, 2014

      one of the Italian Group ... because now he change so much :D

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    Rosie Nov 10, 2013

    I do not particularly like Gong Hyo Jin & Lee Sun Gyun who I understand are the lead roles in this drama.

    I would like to watch for the supporting cast. Can anyone who has seen it let me know if the supporting actors have adequate screen time or is it predominantly the leads focused on. No spoilers please.

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    DramaLoverSara Nov 3, 2013

    loved it sooo much , the two leads are great actors !!!!!!! the chemistry seemed sooo real , loved it !!!!!!!!!

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    AnitaSuperStar Nov 2, 2013

    omg i loved it ^^ So cute

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    WowCreations Oct 2, 2013

    oh the cute-ness ^__^

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    teelove Sep 13, 2013

    I enjoyed this drama alot!


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    Jan 4, 2010 to Mar 9, 2010
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    1 hr. 2 min.


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