The BEST Episodes of Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Apr 5, 2020
In a back alley of a busy district sits a small eatery called Meshiya, referred to by its patrons as the Midnight Diner. The little joint, which the Master runs by himself, is open only from midnight to 7:00 AM. The menu consists only of a pork miso soup set, beer, saké and shochu, but the Master’s policy is to make whatever his customers request. Tonight, like every other night, a menagerie of customers flock to the Midnight Diner, where the bonds among the Master, his food and the patrons set the stage for humorous and sometimes wistful episodes of human drama that feed both the belly and the soul.
#1 - Omelette Rice
Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 20, 2016
The shared love of fried rice omelets forms an intercultural bridge between a young Japanese physicist and a Korean girl.
#2 - New Year's Eve Noodles, Again
Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Oct 20, 2016
As December comes to a close and the regulars gather at the diner, the Master takes a look back at his memories of the year.
#3 - Ham Cutlet
Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Oct 20, 2016
A breaded ham cutlet brings back an elderly lawyer's memories of playing the board game Othello with his long-lost younger brother.
#4 - Crab and Toshikoshi Soba
Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Oct 31, 2019
It's never too late for a fresh start. One year ends and another begins as familiar faces gather to celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Midnight Diner.
#5 - Fried Chicken Wings
Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 31, 2019
In her mid-30s, Chizuru worries her modeling career is ending. An encounter with a high-powered fan gives her a chance to evaluate her priorities.
#6 - Kitsune Udon
Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 31, 2019
Two aspiring voice actresses stop by for lucky bowls of kitsune udon, but six months later, only one of them seems to have had any luck.
#7 - Curry Ramen
Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 31, 2019
A pachinko parlor employee and the middle school classmate he idolized seem to reconnect over curry ramen, but appearances can be deceiving.
#8 - Tonteki
Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 20, 2016
An office worker who loves pork steaks knits sweaters for the men she adores, but her affections -- and handiwork -- are not always appreciated.
#9 - Fried Chicken Breast with Cheese
Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 31, 2019
Writer Yada and hostess Hikaru bond over their love of horoscopes and chicken cheese cutlet. Secretly, Yada tries to use the horoscopes to woo her.
#10 - Hot Pot For One
Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 20, 2016
A diner regular reunites with an old classmate who, despite a good upbringing, now works a menial job to support her troublesome nephew.
#11 - Salmon and Mushrooms
Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 31, 2019
The Ueharas run a barbershop together. They seem happy, but when his wife goes on a trip, a beautiful kimono instructor catches Mr. Uehara's eye.
#12 - Tan-Men
Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 20, 2016
A specially prepared bowl of tanmen noodles leads a radio announcer to discover a secret about a beloved television show from his youth.
#13 - Chicken Fried Rice
Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 31, 2019
Game designer Akai grew up in an orphanage. He finds solace in a chicken rice dish that also holds the key to reconnecting with his birth mother.
#14 - Sautéed Yam
Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 20, 2016
A dish of sauteed Chinese yam rekindles the connection between a young wife and her former lover, with whom she shares a hidden professional past.
#15 - Egg Tofu
Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 20, 2016
A lonely little boy with only a gambler to take care of him hopes to make a connection with a bar girl over a mutual appreciation for egg tofu.
#16 - Yakisoba Dog
Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 31, 2019
Businessman Kotani is jubilant at his high school baseball team's success. His joy stirs up memories of his former best friend, the coach of the team.
#17 - Sweet Rolled Omelet
Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Oct 31, 2019
A Mr. Lee shows up nightly, ordering rolled omelets every time. He turns out to be a film director fleeing from his own set and his father's legacy.
#18 - Plum Rice Ball
Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 31, 2019
A retired old schoolteacher reconnects with his former student: diner regular Marilyn. Awkwardly, her high school nemesis also shows up.
#19 - Corn Dog
Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 20, 2016
A childish fight over a fish-sausage corn dog leads to a schism between an Asakusa comedian and his now-famous former assistant.
#20 - Sour Plum & Plum Wine
Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 20, 2016
Upon finishing the last of his late mother's pickled plums, a man suddenly wonders what will become of his erotica after he passes away.