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  • Drama: Pleasantly Surprised
  • Country: Taiwan
  • Episodes: 22
  • Aired On: Friday
  • Network: SET TV
  • Duration: 1 hr. 15 min.
  • Rating: Not Yet Rated


  • Score: 7.8 (scored by 1,358 users)
  • Ranked: #1139
  • Popularity: #707
  • Members: 3,400

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Ratings: 7.8/10 from 1,358 users
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Ranked #1139
Popularity #707
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Du Kai Qi is an independent, single woman who loves comic books and her job as a chef in the fine-dining French restaurant, Figaro Cuisine. When an unassuming man, Fu Zi Jie, moves in next door, they immediately begin to bicker over trivial matters. But when Zi Jie shows up as a new employee at her restaurant, Kai Qi, as well as other staff members, mistake him for a lowly intern, notknowing that Zi Jie is a classically trained chef who just returned from France and that Figaro Cuisine is actually his father’s restaurant.

  • Native title: 喜歡‧一個人
  • Also Known as: Love Myself or You; Ai Qing Yu Jian Qiu Bi Te; 愛情遇見邱比特; Love Meets Cupid; Xi Huan. Yi Ge Ren;
  • Genres: Food, Romance, Drama
  • Country: Taiwan
  • Type: Drama
  • Episodes: 22
  • Aired: May 23, 2014 - Oct 17, 2014
  • Aired On: Friday
  • Network: SET TV
  • Duration: 1 hr. 15 min.
  • Score: 7.8 (scored by 1,358 users)
  • Ranked: #1139
  • Popularity: #707
  • Rating: Not Yet Rated

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14 people found this review helpful
Nov 19, 2014
Overall 9.5
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 9.5
Music 9.5
Rewatch Value 8.0
Here's my reasoning behind why this drama is a 9.5 drama.
This was literally the cutest drama ever and has become one of my all time favorites

Story: There's food, there's love and there's a slice of life. I can't get enough of this drama, and I've never seen a drama where it involved food before so you can pretty much guess i'll be looking for another surrounding that aspect. Anywho, I loved that this drama had more than romance. It actually focused around food and careers, but didn't stray away from the romance altogether if you know what i mean. For example some dramas I watch are more about career or more about just romance, this drama played in between and I absolutely loved that. The food was also very well shot, it made me hungry while watching lol.

Story(Part two): However the one thing that did bug me is that although a drama is suppose to initially have DRAMA, I felt like the addition of the drama wasn't necessary and was only put to drag on the show even more. Now don't get me wrong I love taiwanese dramas because they tend to be long and I love seeing more cute moments in a drama, but the fact that the drama could of ended any moment with a happy ending but was instead delayed to throw in more crappy drama bugs me. l think the drama was a little overboard towards the end of the series. This is why i didn't rate the drama a 10 like I was going to. Nonetheless, I still loved this drama and was glad to watch it.

Acting/Cast: I felt that pretty much everyone here could act together except for a few people (i.e. ah jie's brother, du kai's mother, hao wei's sister) and it made the drama seem like it was actually real life. I love how affectionate the characters were and how natural they became with each other. In addition, I love that there was actually some action scattered throughout the series and not at the very end. ( When i say action, I mean kissing, lol) Usually in dramas I watch the kisses don't come until the very end or the relationship doesn't progress till it's almost over . While watching this I got to see a different character trait of the main lead which is that they don't pry into each others business and then get mad about it, which typically happens in many dramas. In addition, I love that the characters have the ability to put two and two together, instead of a long wait for the character to discover the truth about something. Lastly, the great thing about this drama is that there aren't really any despicable leads. Normally you have a second lead that is set to destroy the other lead, but in this drama the second leads take a different and more mature role towards the end and don't try to destroy other's happy-ness.

Music: The music was fantastic, it fit perfectly with the mood and it fit perfectly with the scenes. It also gave you clues to what was about to happen which I found a little cheesy but, It was perfectly fine.

Rewatch Value: Yes, I would watch this drama again. but to some extent, like I wouldn't watch it ALL straight through because well yea.. excessive dragging. But I would watch it again, just skipping around unfavorable parts.

Overall: I think you should give this drama a chance because it is a unique drama and It will make you laugh and put a smile on your face. Although there are moments where you just feel like WTF, but after those WTF moments you actually enjoy it even more to see through to the end.

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5 people found this review helpful
Oct 19, 2014
Overall 7.5
Story 7.5
Acting/Cast 7.5
Music 6.0
Rewatch Value 5.0
The Story (7.5/10): While it's hard to come by a really original story these days, I felt that this is one of the nicer Taiwanese dramas to come out in recent years and definitely the one I liked most with Puff as the leading lady. Also, as with most dramas, regardless of country, it does drag a bit here and there but that may be more about my own opinion and how I want the majority of screen time devoted to the main couple as opposed to side characters even if they are important to the story. Though having said that, I thoroughly enjoyed all of the side romances and I think that was a real strength of this particular series. I really did adore each of the employees and while some of their antics were a bit over the top it made for some nice physical sight gag comedy. It's something that's just engrained in Taiwanese dramas, so while I may not be a big fan of it sometimes, when it's done right, it's hilarious. Something else known to Taiwanese dramas is the focus on conversation/involvement with family. Arguably, you get that in most Asian Dramas, but if someone's been watching T-Dramas for a while, you'll see that sometimes those family scenes can drag on and on.... we get it, you want what's best however misguided your actions may be, but that was kept to a minimum in this drama and it was a nice change. All of the scenes meant something and didn't feel like they were trying to force drama. Lastly, I really like dramas where the problems between the leads are less about interfering from secondary leads, and more about them resolving issues between themselves. While there are secondary leads that can get a bit annoying, there aren't any over the top stupid misunderstandings, most things are cleared up rather quickly.

The Acting/Cast (7.5/10): This drama introduced me to male actors, Jasper Lui, Sean Lee, and Yorke Sun, who I'm looking forward to seeing in many more dramas. As previously mentioned, I really liked Puff the most in this of the three dramas I've seen her in so far. She plays a good strong female lead, it's nice to see a girl who stands up for herself and doesn't take any crap, but of course also has a sensitive compassionate side as well. It was also nice to see a male lead that was genuinely kind-hearted and a nice guy, not a huge jerk that later changes. Nice guys DO get the girl! Learn from this other dramas! The acting was pretty par for the course for me. I didn't feel anyone was lacking, in fact, I think the actors did a great job of making the characters their own and distinctive from one another when they could've easily just been part of the scenery.

The Music (6/10): The opening theme was nice, and nothing was really bad, but nothing I felt that stood out either or anything I felt compelled to go itunes to try and download. I think it's just a nice middle of the road soundtrack.

Re-watch Value (5.0/10): I think this is well worth watching at least once, but I don't know that I would go out of my way to recommend it or re-watch it personally. If someone asked me if they should watch, I wouldn't dissuade them. There were some cute romantic scenes that I felt could be re-watch, but as a whole not as much.

Overall (7.5/10): I gave this a 7.5 overall because it had some really great feed-good adorable moments in it. The leads and even supporting characters had great chemistry whether romantically or not and with such a large cast, that's pretty great. I loved that the side characters had their own stories but nothing that sucked away tons of screen time from our leads but when it did it was okay because it was interesting at the least and adorkably romantic at most. I didn't feel compelled to skip episodes and while I did skip some of the storyline here and there I didn't find myself doing it a lot, mainly because I felt invested in the side romances :P

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