"The Solitary Gourmet" is a live action drama adaptation of the manga by Qusumi Masayuki (story) and Taniguchi Jiro (art). There are two main stars in the drama. One is Matsushige Yutaka as Inogashira Goro, a private merchant who personally runs his imported dry goods business on his own. Being a man of a few words, he prefers to live an uncomplicated, solitary lifestyle. He smokes but doesn't drink alcohol. He also has a very healthy appetite. The other star is the food. In between meetings with clients in various towns, Inogashira-san makes it a point to visit different eateries, try out their tasty dishes, and discover the best way to eat them. These eateries are real places in Tokyo serving the actual food featured in the drama. A bonus mini-segment at the end features manga author, Qusumi visiting these places and interviewing their real owners.