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Let’s Eat 3: Episode 1

Our favorite foodie is back! The third season is both a sequel and a prequel as the timeline bounces between the present day and 2004, giving us a glimpse of how that charming chatterbox gourmet became the way he is. Of course, a new season also means a new romance with a new neighbor — who also happens to be an old crush.

 
EPISODE 1: “First Meal”

We start off watching a man cook an elaborate steak and pasta dish for his girlfriend, which seems something like our hero would do. Except GU DAE-YOUNG (Yoon Do-joon) is despondently sprawled out on his sofa, watching a cooking show on TV. It’s clear he lives alone, and is only roused when his landlady reminds him that he has to move out at the end of the month.

In the morning, Dae-young browses real estate websites. His boss catches him, reminding him that he should be focused on work. Dae-young — the guy who used to win awards for being the top insurance salesman — now has the lowest sales rate and hasn’t met with clients in weeks.

A familiar face stops by: Season 2’s AHN CHAN-SOO (Lee Joo-seung), who was the (once creepy) college student who lived on the rooftop. He reminds Dae-young that he promised to buy him a meal if Chan-soo ever was in the area, so he’s taking him up on that promise: “Is there a good restaurant nearby?” As if he has to ask!

Chan-soo wonders why Dae-young insists on going to a restaurant that serves the same food as other restaurants they already passed, and Dae-young launches into one of his trademark tirades as he explains how this restaurant serves the best fresh croaker fish (and how best to eat it, of course!).

The men happily tuck into their meal, proving that this season will give the same devoted love and attention to the food scenes as ever before.

Chan-soo wonders if Dae-young has always been the type to lecture during meals, but just as Dae-young’s about to tell him how it all started, a car accident happens right outside the restaurant. That causes Dae-young to suddenly flash back to an accident of his own that happened sometime in the recent past.

Everyone spills out of the restaurant to stare at the accident. One of the passersby is LEE JI-WOO (Baek Jin-hee), who is walking her dog (a beautiful Golden Retriever named Kongali). Ji-woo is a nurse and jumps into action once she sees the injured people, tending to their wounds until the paramedics arrive to take everyone to the hospital. Ji-woo also goes to the hospital, momentarily forgetting about Kongali.

The dog, however, sprints towards Dae-young, who thinks Kongali is about to attack him, but instead she covers his face with happy puppy kisses. Dae-young patiently waits with the dog, hoping for the owner to come back, but at the mention of the word “home,” Kongali leads him through the neighborhood — and to Ji-woo, who suddenly remembers that she’d left Kongali behind and hurries back to find her.

Both Ji-woo and Dae-young are surprised to see one another, recognizing each other from college fourteen years ago. He marvels that she’s lost her country accent and now sounds like a Seoulite, whereas she’s impressed by his snazzy suit, remarking that he always used to wear dirty tracksuits. Ha!

They head to a nearby cafe to catch up over a cup of coffee, and Ji-woo sees herself in the mirror for the first time, realizing her hair is messed up, she’s not wearing makeup, and her shirtsleeves are covered in blood from the accident. It’s always the days you feel like the worst when you meet an old crush.

Dae-young gives her a business card, and she’s surprised that he’s an insurance salesman, since when she knew him, he was majoring in mechanical engineering. She’s still single, but she notices the ring on his finger, and assumes he’s married. Dae-young says he’s not, and vaguely agrees when Ji-woo says he must be seeing someone.

Ji-woo has to get ready to work the night shift, so they agree to meet up later to share a meal. Both Ji-woo and Kongali seem a little sad to watch Dae-young drive off. As Dae-young heads home, he smiles as he reminisces about his college life.

Flashback to 2004, and a twenty-year-old Dae-young sprawled on the floor of his small, crappy apartment, watching TV and eating snacks. Some things never change.

Dae-young attends a freshman welcoming party for engineering students. Most of his sunbaes are more interested in whether or not the freshmen have sisters than anything else they say in their introductory speeches.

Other freshman there are BAE BYUNG-SAM (Kim Dong-young) — no sisters, and is in fact terrified of women just in general — and KIM JIN-SEOK (Byung Hun — only brothers, and spent his life attending boys-only schools.

But while pretty boy LEE SUNG-JOO (Seo Byeok-joon) doesn’t have any sisters, he’s friends with a lot of girls, which makes him the most popular freshman to his sunbaes.

The trio is impressed that Dae-young has his own place (since his hometown is too far away to live with family, like the other boys do). Soon Dae-young’s tiny basement apartment is a second home to all the boys (where they, too, sprawl on the floor, watch TV, and eat snacks). But during a particular rainy night, Dae-young’s apartment is flooded, and they all wake up soaked like they slept in a bath.

So all the boys help Dae-young move to a rooftop apartment, which seems ideal since there’s no way it’ll be flooded. But rooftop apartments are hot as hell in the summer, and as the boys fight over the fan, it breaks. Realizing they can’t stay any longer in that sauna (which is hot enough to hatch chicks and potentially burst prized soccer balls), Dae-young decides to find another place to live.

But first, a coffee break! The trio are baffled that Dae-young insists on only getting coffee from the music department’s coffee machine.

When they ask him why, he starts to ramp into a trademark Dae-young, “How can you say all coffee machines are the same?” detailed expository foodie rant, but he just sputters out a vague, “It tastes better… just because…” Ha!

The boys are shocked to discover that Dae-young is moving to Myungshin Villa, since everyone knows it’s haunted (which is also probably why it’s so cheap — that, or the lack of upkeep from the elderly landlords). Dae-young scoffs at the idea of ghosts and happily moves in. But his first night there, as he’s watching TV, he hears strange laughter coming from somewhere.

He assumes it’s his neighbor also watching TV, but realizes that she wasn’t even home at that time. His neighbor, by the way, is none other than a twenty-year-old Ji-woo. She’s got an adorable country accent, and reassures Dae-young that he must be hearing things because she lives alone.

Despite his disavowal of ghosts, Dae-young finds it hard to sleep when he hears a strange crying sound, and then a rattling at the door. It doesn’t help that his other neighbor is a shaman, who warns him that spirits are not something to take lightly (and offers him a neighborly discount to exorcise his room).

Once the skeptic, Dae-young’s now beginning to believe in ghosts. After a few drinks with the boys, he staggers home drunk. The lightning and thunder mixed with the sounds of his neighbor shaman performing her ritual, plus the howls of a black cat crossing his path, have him freaked out.

But it isn’t until he sees a ghost in the hallway that he screams and passes out in fright.

He wakes up to find the ghost peering down at him. It’s actually a young woman, LEE SEO-YEON (Lee Joo-woo). She’s Ji-woo’s stepsister and has been secretly living with Ji-woo because she was kicked out of the college dorms. It was her laughter and cries Dae-young heard the previous night. Ji-woo begs him to help keep Seo-yeon a secret from the landlords, who would charge her more for the utilities if they knew.

After one of their regular visits to the music department’s coffee vending machine (where the boys plead with Dae-young to throw a housewarming party so that they can meet his pretty neighbor), Dae-young realizes he left his soccer shoes back at the vending machine.

He hurries to retrieve the shoes and is surprised to find that Ji-woo is the one who restocks the vending machine. He’s thrilled to finally meet the person responsible for making the most delicious coffee on campus and asks what her secret is. Ji-woo says it’s just a “golden ratio” of coffee, sugar, and cream.

Dae-young begs for the “golden ratio” so he can make the same coffee at home, and offers to buy her a meal in payment. She readily agrees, and soon they’re enjoying a heaping pan of gopchang (friend intestines). But Ji-woo doesn’t let Dae-young dig in right away — first she pours soju all over the dish and sets it aflame, which will give the gopchang a chargrilled taste once the alcohol burns off.

Ji-woo explains that she learned it from her mother, who runs a side dish store. Ji-woo’s mother also said that if you know how to properly enjoy food, then you won’t ever starve. Ji-woo impresses Dae-young by making some expertly crafted soju bombs, although he’s baffled why she made them two drinks each.

Ji-woo says it’s so they can down the first as a shot and drink the other one as they eat, without having to worry about their food being burnt from having to stop and make the second drink. Dae-young marvels at Ji-woo’s time-saving trick of shoving both the lettuce leaf and meat into her mouth at the same time, and cutting up the last few bits of gopchang to mix into the fried rice so they can enjoy every single bite.

Her enthusiastic joy for eating is contagious, and Dae-young says that he should eat meals with her all the time. When he sees Ji-woo pull out a bottle of antacid after the meal, he startles her by grabbing her hand and showing her an old trick his mother taught him.

He presses the acupressure point between her thumb and index finger, which makes her burp. She’s embarrassed, but no longer has indigestion!

As they walk home, Dae-young’s friend Jin-seok rolls up in his new car. Well, new to him, at least. He asks if he can park it at Dae-young’s house, since his parents don’t know that he bought it. He offers to drive them home, and poor, anxious Byung-sam practically flattens himself into the passenger door as Ji-woo (gasp, a girl!) sits next to him. The other two boys are delighted to finally meet Ji-woo, though.

Once they arrive at Myungshin Villa, the elderly landlords tell Jin-seok that he can’t leave his car parked out front. He tries to move it, but the car won’t start. The boys struggle to push it to a new spot just as stepsister Seo-yeon arrives. Jin-seok attempts to flirt with her, much to her amusement, but Dae-young yells at him to keep pushing.

With the girls’ help, the six of them manage to literally carry the car to the new parking spot.

In 2018, 34-year-old Dae-young smiles to himself at the memory of his college friends and their antics. But his smile fades as he enters his apartment, which feels empty and lifeless.

Ji-woo finishes her night shift and as she changes out of her scrubs, Dae-young’s business card flutters to the floor. Another nurse spots it, wondering if Ji-woo is buying insurance. Ji-woo says she isn’t, then smiles dreamily as she remembers Dae-young from her college days.

The other nurse assumes that Ji-woo must have finally gone on a blind date, but Ji-woo says she just reunited with her first love after fourteen years. Her nurse friend squees, but Ji-woo says that Dae-young has a girlfriend, so she doesn’t plan to do anything about it. The nurse friend grabs Ji-woo’s phone anyway, determined to have Ji-woo at least call him.

Except Dae-young calls her first — to ask her how her sister Seo-yeon is doing. Annoyed, Ji-woo says they’re no longer sisters and they haven’t seen each other in ten years. She says Dae-young shouldn’t bother her if he’s only interested in finding out about Seo-yeon, and hangs up.

When she gets home, Ji-woo makes a soju bomb as skillfully as she did fourteen years ago. It may be morning for everyone else, but it’s evening for someone who works the night shift, and she crawls into bed to sleep. But soon she’s woken up by Kongali’s incessant barking.

Irritated, Ji-woo heads out to the balcony to see what the fuss is about, and discovers Kongali’s just greeting their new neighbor — Dae-young.

Epilogue. Seo-yeon runs in terror through the crowded city streets, narrowly avoiding getting hit by a car as she flees an unknown danger.

 
COMMENTS

I’d forgotten that one of the trademarks of the Let’s Eat series was the epilogues focused on a dangerous mystery. It was one of my least favorite plot elements from the prior two seasons, so I assume it will be the same here. At least they’re consistent!

As a die-hard fan of the first season, I remember it being next to impossible to get over the fact that they seemed to have completely erased Lee Soo-kyung (who I adored), and Dae-young was suddenly free to have a new romance. But I’m getting a bad feeling about how the show is going to have him break free from Season 2’s Baek Soo-ji. His obvious depression, the fact that he still wears a couple ring even though he lives alone, and the PTSD from the car accident are all hints that something terrible has happened. I mean, I’m willing to accept that we apparently need a new romance with every season, but I’m not sure I’m ready to face what I fear has happened to Soo-ji.

That said, I was immediately delighted by Ji-woo. I figured there would be an adjustment period to accept the new love interest, but I already adore her, if only because it’s obvious that she’s the one who taught Dae-young how to appreciate food. Her love of eating reminds me of Soo-kyung, which also makes me realize that maybe one reason he fell for that noona is because of her similarities to Ji-woo. Well, at least that’s what I thought until his curiosity about Seo-yeon made me think that maybe he and Ji-woo were “just” friends and it was Seo-yeon who was possibly Dae-young’s college sweetheart. But I’m not going to waste too much energy figuring out those relationships just yet, especially since this franchise likes to make romance so confusing anyway.

Despite my initial reservations (because do we really need another season? Really?), I think another reason why I easily fell in love with Season 3 is that it’s kind of like an Answer Me 2004-lite. I love all the details in the 2004 scenes (Se7en! BoA! World of Warcraft! Flip phones!), plus it’s an era that I’m able to be personally nostalgic about since I, too, was a college student at that time. Jin-seok, Byung-sam, and Lee Sung-joo also remind me of the Noryangjin trio from Drinking Solo (and not just because one of them is played by Kim Dong-young), who were my favorite characters from that show. It feels like this season is taking elements of shows I love and putting it together into something delightful that, while it might be a sequel with familiar plots and characters, still feels very much like its own show with its own personality.

 
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YASSSSSSS, here we go!

My main concern about the way this series is structured is that college Dae-young is currently nothing like season one's Dae-young. Remember him? A goofy and slightly mysterious man who would lie in the floor in a pool of snacks and choose to keep 80% of his clothes at the dry cleaner's, like that was his own personal closet. And he's married a lot over the seasons, so I'm just hoping the creators won't forget that.

Aside from that, I'm already loving this. Every season of Let's Eat feels tonally different from the others. The first was quirky and very different to everything else around, the second was a more standard rom-com. I don't have a label for what this season is doing yet, but it's hilarious and sad, and I love love love love love it!

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Married? 😂😂😂
That was supposed to be 'matured'!
I should just not type with my phone.

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OK, I was wondering if I missed something...

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yeah, me too.

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Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me and now you are trying for a third time? I enjoyed Let’s Eat 1 and Let’s Eat 2, but romance with NO hope of a future is NO romance. Why even call this K-Drama series a romance, it is false advertising. Just my opinion, hopefully I will end up eating my words.

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I quite like how realistic it feels. Obviously I like how most romance dramas tend to make out that their pairing is infinite, but I think this series is costing a more interesting root by showing how even true love can be finite. Let's Eat has become something so much bigger than it started as - one character's struggles and triumphs, the people whose lives he touches, the people he leaves behind, and his endless exploration of food, love, and every other good thing.

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Unfortunately, for me each romance in the sequence is less meaningful. I have become less vested in each romance. The foodgasm is just not enough to keep my interest.

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Admittedly, I wasn't particularly invested in season two's romance, but I think that was more dislike for Baek Soo-ji than the affects of the multi-seasonal format. I'm looking forward to this pairing much more.

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It's understandable that it feels stale.. after all we come to kdrama for their magical happily ever afters and the One True Love..

But personally, I l don't mind it cuz it's such a reflection of real life.. a great romance can still be finite and life moves on and you find another love.. that's life and nothing wrong with it.. I mean let's be real.. how many of us have or will end up marrying (Or even remain married) to our first beautiful romance? although i guess it doesn't sound as exciting on paper.

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"A great romance can still be finite and life moves on and you (hopefully) find another love"...

Arggghhh! Your mind! I ❤️ your mind 😘

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Actually it is a little more complicated than that. This series of K-Dramas is a foodgasm with a side order of romance. The male lead loves food more than anything else. The female leads never actually have a chance, it is just an exercise in futility. Each season progresses the same way, the viewers, expecting a different outcome with them getting the same end result.

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foodgasm!
*had me spitting out my water!*
LOVE this...

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Same. The romance is actually the least I like about this series. Perhaps, except the 1st season.

I like the series because of its focus about neighbours, friends, colleagues finding common things about each other from food, and then share their life with each other.

I anticipate this 3rd season because in the first 2 seasons, we know very little about dae young aside from his charming, goofy, caring, and sometimes annoying foodie character. We know he is a good insurance salesman. But he has the least character development throughout the series. I hope by going back and forth from the past to the present, we will finally get his story this time.

And I just love college friends.

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Because his true romance is with FOODS, LoL

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I wrote my response [above] before I read this. However, you said it so much more clearly than I did.

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That is one of the most insightful comments ! His true love is foods, not girls.

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I’m sure a lot of people feel like you and I wouldn’t be surprised if this was the last installment because “first loves” and all. This season is “fated!” Dae-young even said so this episode! However, I also appreciate that this show is more realistic in the regard that most people fall in love more than once, for me it was 3 times as well and the 3rd time was the charm. Hoping the same for Dae-young, because I like this girl. I love relationship stories. I talk to a lot of people every day and my favorite “couple” is this pair of 80-something-year-olds that come to my clinic. I incorrectly assumed that they had been married forever, and really it had just been about 7 years. Both found each other after their first spouses died after over 50 years of marriage for each, but seeing them together, you would think they had been in love all their lives. You can fall in love at any age and as many times as the universe allows. And each time is different and each time can be just as meaningful as the last.

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Aw, that's beautiful! ♥

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Tbh I wouldn't have problems with his several relationships if this was just one drama. In life sometimes we fall for the wrong people or some relationships are not just meant to be, and they don't last for long. But in the past two seasons, the writer made us believe that each girl was perfect for the lad and each time he was back with a new girl. At least I don't think I would be lucky to find 3 relationships where the boy was totally meant to be for me. These seasons makes us invest in the stories/ relationships like they are meant to last forever, but at the end they don't. Also, the way they showed season 2's girlfriend's disappearance, it was too ridiculous for me.
It looked like they couldn't find any more plausible escape route than TOD lol. Lazy writing indeed.
I am here for the sisters and the bromance this time. Romance is no more my cup of tea here.

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Which is totally fine! I like a good ensemble cast too, and this one looks great!

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HAHAHAHA it's too funny when he kept moving before he found the new place!

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by the way, his semi-basement apartment reminds me of my boarding house back in college when the area was always flooding during the rainy season. One day, after long hours in the campus, I went home and rest when it started to rain. The next morning when I woke up, my room has already been flooded. :)))

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I love how he went to protect the ball before anything else! 😂

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HAHAHAHA... Just because it has a signature from Park Ji-sung! :)))).

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Well, we can't have that washing off!

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Woohoo! Thanks, odilettante! I'm loving this season so far. Food looks delicious, as usual, and I like the college minions.

I think Baek Jinhee is doing a great job, but I've read some comments that she doesn't mukbang as well as the other two LE women. I'm curious as to why they think this. The food looks just as good when she eats it!

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By the way, the way Lee Joo-woo's character's laughing got me a vibe of her character in "Waikiki". Hahaha.

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I. I just can't move past season 1. Everyone loves season two and I can't let go of Lee Soo Kyung in that role. (Not to say I don't love season 2's actress, it's kind of like my life is Mariah Carey's "Can't Let Go" when it comes to seasons in this drama).

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At last someone who shares my view! I loved Lee Soo Kyung the best too, and felt like noona was perfect for him. They had such a proper and sweet romance. It's like how you can't see classic pairings with any other people, so I couldn't move past season 1 and skipped season 3. If this keeps going on, I hope they stop somewhere and let the guy settle down with someone! I am already seeing him as a character of lesser integrity. :S

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I'm somewhat wishing that LSK is the one fetching one of the guys with the imported car.

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Season 1, like all the best kdramas, has its flaws, but the overall story was downright beautiful. The scene where Lee Sookyung sat down with the second lead to graciously turn him down and thank him for helping her realize that love is possible even for her is possibly the most poignant and thoughtful scene ever.

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I didn't like season 2. The show couldn't keep me interested in the characters and make me love them like how the firts season did... and I dropped it after a couple of episodes. This season however is so far much more interesting for me and I like the college nostalgy... it indeed feels like a cross of Go Back, Answer Me and Drinking Solo. Plus I love "Soo Ah" back on my screen! 🙂 The fighting sisters 😂

If I have any criticism now, it's that the eating scenes don't look so indulging as like in the first season. Though they do sort of explain why.

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I didn't like season 2 but I suspect that has to do with the fact that the writing did the non-OTP dirty and thus, did the female lead dirty. I already feel for her as the everywoman, but suddenly because she isn't meant to be with her perfect boyfriend, she had to turn into a stupid and irresponsible woman who spends ALL her money buying stuff to keep up with her boyfriend's lifestyle only for Goo Daeyoung to pull her out of the rut? Ugggh way to ruin a female lead.

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It's so interesting reading your and @fay17 write about season 1. I couldn't even get through season 1. I actually watched season 2 first and I'm curious if that is the reason why I like season 2 better. Hmmm, lol

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Dae-young is back!!! I already love this installment. And after episode 2, I love it even more. The characters really have a back story (which we see more of in the second episode) which gives this season more depth than the prior ones. I really like the college scenes and the three friends are so adorkable, I like them all. I didn’t see Waikiki, but the college days seems like we just plucked Baek Jin-hee out from her pevious one drama and plopped her into this one. I don’t know know how different her character is from the prior. I do like that she goes from country accent to city accent and I love her country accent! I still think the best part of this series is the food, but I think the series has matured this season and the characters will really be the focus in the long run.

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Season 3 is still delicious!

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I enjoyed it, saw episode 2, cried, but will soldier on because I'm loving this. I think season 2 will always be my favorite, but this is also lovely!!!

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I'm quite surprised by how much I instantly liked this ep and our heroine. It took me *forever* to like Lee Soo-kyung, and I also needed a couple of episodes to warm up to Baek Soo-ji, but I found myself liking Lee Ji-woo easily.
The overall mood feels different, in a way, but at the same time I feel the same familiarity from the previous seasons so I'm really looking forward to where this new season will take us!
(also, Dudu <3)

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Yeah, Lee Soo-kyung was really screechy at first, but she grew on me.

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I thought the same about the two female leads from the first two seasons. Their characters don’t make you instantly like them Baek Jin Hee’s character clicked for me straight away

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I totally got whiplash going from season 1,2 and now 3 but I have to say I’m enjoying this a lot. Season 2 kind of lost the heart of the first season with its standard rom com setting but this one feels nostalgic and light at the same time

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Thank you odilettante for the delightful review,
I also forget about the mystery part of let's eat, until they go into the ghost territory.lol. But it's rather petty and as i don't invested in the mystery of the show, for this episode it's very lite.

I personally like the new set up, because 2004. It's almost around my college time. And i like the dynamic between daeyeong, sooyeon and jiwoo.

Jiwoo... that girl should not let her sparkle dull. The only time she light up and show her self is her obvious sibling quarrel, nurse badassery (though look too fake) and food.

Daeyoung. Well, hello again! I honestly never satisfied in the romance department. I don't feel the chemistry of the 1st season and the romance in season 2 is badly timed ( I mean suddenly daeyoung just love so suddenly fall in love with suji?) Damn it, i like suji so much, he don't deserve her.

The friends in 2004. Hell yeah, that mechanical engineering student, this is so much like go back couple thingy, with reply series embedded.

Now time to say what i really invested in. The food. So the first one with the fish, gash, it look so good. That sashimi and soup looks super refreshing. I dont usually eat fish with fishy flavor, but it got me craving for fish soup. I dont get that why the fish is incredibly flaky but they put it in the soup, like isnt that be lost in those body of water?
You can feed 6 people in little league with that many soup.
Gopchang !hwasa driven trend food looks great in this camera too.
So that's what's my thought : Mystery No, Character Ok, Romance whatever goes, Food YES, MORE PLEASE

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Agreed, the food porn is back and in fine form. Whoever does the food for this drama should have food tours in Korea. I would literally fly there, just to do a food tour based on the food in the Let's Eat series.

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Yesss... will fly there for the food tours. With long explanation and opinion. I want those.

This and solitary gourmet in japan is my drama jam. I wish i can try all the food in both series.

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Okay.. This is it!!
Appa Doo is back (and the Foods)!!

I don't know why but I like Baek Jin Hee this season. It feel like forever for me to like the heroine in season 1 as well as Seo Hyun Jin (I love her, but I find it hard to warm up with her in Season 2).

I love how this season feels like Answer Me-ish. Going back and forth in 2004 and 2018. Well, I love the nostalgic feels of their college days. Their hilarity, the bromance of the group and the sister quarrel. There's a lot of fun in this season. They got me hooked with just the first episode and I adore Baek Jin Hee here. I wonder what happened to Suji but the sad vibes of Daeyoung tells me that something tragic happened.

Well, that being said... I'm ready for more episode!!

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Thanks for your recap and comments, odilettante!

It's great to see Dae-young again, although the ominous vibe and absence of Baek Soo-ji casts a pall over the present-day setting. When it comes to the 2004 timeline, however, it's all the fun and games of college life.

I just realized that in season 2, Soo-ji was Dae-young's overweight grammar school classmate. Season 3 features a reunion with his college sweetheart and food guru. Ah, now it's all making sense. (For some reason, I couldn't get into season 1 and was put off by the female lead. Oh, well.)

The food pron is great. And I was tickled to see Lee Joo-seung's cameo as season 2's Ahn Chan-soo, now an actual college student. As expected, Dae-young's spiel was first-rate.

I assumed that pooch Kongali recognized Dae-young from when she was a puppy... but she'd have to be at least 14 years old, which is kind of a stretch for golden retrievers, at least in the US. Their lifespan has dropped significantly over the past 40 years, with cancer being a common cause of death. For an elderly dog, Kongali sure was energetic. I wonder what her human feeds her?!

It feels as if LET'S EAT 3 is off to a fine start. I enjoyed it.

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I've not even watched the season 1 before.

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I marathoned Let's Eat 2 so that I can live watch this installment. Having never watched Let's Eat season 1 and being aware of a new loe interest in the coming installment, I did not get invested in the romance in season 2 and instead appreciated the characters for their own selves. SO the new pairing doesn't hurt me at all.

In fact I already love Baek Jin Hee's character. And I adore the 2004 timeline so much already! As many said before- this show now seems like a good mix of Answer Me series, Drinking Solo and Let's Eat.

Looking forward to the next week's episodes :)

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This recap makes me want to watch season 1 and 2.

My to-watch list keeps growing longer and longer...

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Back when I watched them, after they were put on Netflix, I created this system where I would only watch them as I was eating, and then focus on other things the rest of the time! 😂

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What a great self-defense strategy. ;-)

My saving grace is that they eat a lot of fish and seafood. I'm allergic to shrimp and don't trust the other shellfish, and simply do not like fish most fish. I can appreciate the diners' chowing down with gusto (since I don't have to do it myself) while being spared the fish odors. It's a win-win. ;-)

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I have a lot of food allergies, so its generally very difficult for me to eat in restaurants. I don't like fish or cheese, too, which limits the options further. But so much of the food in this show still looks so mouth-watering, it's a feast for the eyes! XD

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Thank you very much for a fast recap.

The first two eps brought in fish dishes. So this stirred my sentiment for fish so off I went for lunch at a very popular fish lunch place in Kyoto. But my daughter just lost her appetite with the sight of fish eyes( a small cute Amaebi、sweet shrimp with its head and tail intact for sashimi). Though she was brought up in a small island in Europe, I have never given her an opportunity to cook fish in Asian style. I now wish I had done that for her. My brother and I used to fight to get an eye part of a big fish to eat! We thought that eye parts are delicious and nutritious. My dad sometimes gave up eating an eye( eyes)( which was also his favorite part of fish) then give it to us and I felt his affection towards us!! Now when I think about it, the idea of feeling my dad's affection through fish eye is so bizarre.

I hear that apartment dwellers do not cook fish in their apartment because of the smell nowadays in my country. The smell really lingers very long. We only eat fish by buying ready to eat fish or going to a restaurant. It is a bit sad.

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What?! Stop eating fish to keep the house smelling fresh?! :( My sibs and I used to fight over fish eyes too. It's like salty gelatin. Haha

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I didn't watch the other two seasons but checked this out because I was pleasantly surprised by Yoon Do Joon in Radio Romance. I also like Baek Jin Hee.

The nostalgia factor is high in this drama. I spent my 2004 Summer in Korea during college and I remembered the crazy jangma and the rain and oh the heat (the newspaper said it was the hottest summer in 10 years).

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I'm glad I didn't watch season 1 n 2, so I'm able to enjoy this season without comparing it. Like someone said here, this season is still good as a stand alone, as I don't have much idea of what happened in those 2 seasons.

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Ah, coming in late to the game, but just had to fangirl myself over Let's Eat 3!

Thanks for the recap @odilettante! I'm glad that @lemoncello reminded us that Koo Dae Young's true love is actually food...so the girls come and go (although I have a feeling like Ji Woo is here to stay, so long as they don't do a Let's Eat 4).

Just to add my two cents, I feel like this scene brings together the best of the first two seasons. I always felt the food porn in Let's Eat was better than season two's food porn. But, Let's Eat 2 actually had a better plot line, enriched by the fact that the two leads knew each other as kids. In Let's Eat 2, I see Koo Dae Young's smoothness and salesman slickness apparent even as a young child. But, now, in Let's Eat 3, I think we've finally met his first love(s) - his love for well-prepared food, and the girl who awakened it in him.

So, now I feel that we're getting the best of the two seasons: food good porn (I felt that season 2 seemed to struggle in this area. It was as if all of their best original ideas had been used in season 1 and they were rushing around trying to find other good food porn) and an engaging storyline.

Super excited to continue watching! I know I shouldn't have a noona-crush on Yoon Doo-joon (he's so young!), but darn if that boy doesn't have charisma.

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