About five women who opened up a restaurant named Bei Zhe Nan Yuan in Beijing; and in the process they mature and attain love. As the biggest shareholder of their restaurant, You Shan Shan single-handedly brought her best girlfriends together. Bao Xue, an optimistic little-known actress, and Dai Xiao Yu who returned from overseas are cousins. Upon their reunion, they settle into a daily life filled with endless banter. The remaining two shareholders are not to be underestimated. Si Meng is a housewife while Feng Xi went to Beijing for the sake of love. (Source : Chinesedrama.info) Edit Translation
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Growing Up is Hard, But Companion Makes it EasierCrossroad Bistro (北辙南辕) narrates the story of five women who opened a restaurant together. With each other companions, they found friendship, love, and learn how to grow up in life. In terms of the production, technical execution, performances, and music, this drama is perfect!!
The script of this drama is so well written, you can see just how much the writing team put so much effort and attention into the characters. Every single character in it is written realistically, they are well-dimensioned. The characters are written so well to the point that you can relate to their action, and you unconsciously built a connection to them. I love how the writers make the characters develop and grow. I loved every single character and their personal journey arc.
The delivery of the amazing script is accompanied by stunning cinematography which makes this drama arguably one of the best adult dramas. Crossroad Bistro is directed by Feng Xiaogang, it is his drama comeback after more than a decade of not directing a drama. You can already see in the first episode how spectacular and stunning the cinematography is. Through the cinematography, you can see how high-quality production this drama is. Each shot uses soft filters and a warm and cold colour palette are used accordingly, which gives the audience a pleasant viewing experience. The angles of the scenes are also beautifully taken, each and every shot in the drama are exquisitely taken, it is a feast for the eyes!! Other than the amazing cinematography, this drama also has really beautiful authentic sets. Overall, all the shots really evoke and gives off Beijing ambience.
This drama has a simmering pace, not too slow yet not too fast. It has eventful moments but also slow moments. This drama does not have draggy problems too, the problems encountered are realistic, and the problem solving is done in a timely manner too (they do not drag it). And I also love how the drama does not specifically focus on one or two women in the middle of the drama, they still made the five women the main focus of the drama. All five women in the drama have equal screen time and their own developed storyline.
The casts of Crossroad Bistro are also well-chosen. Each actor and actresses fit in their role so perfectly, as if the characters are written for them. All of the casts' acting is a joy to watch. Even though the five girls are not 24/7 together in the drama, they still showcased really powerful chemistry between them. Everyone in this drama has great chemistry with other casts, not only with their love interest. Moving on, the music of this drama is also beautiful, the music encapsulated the essence of the story - the essence of growing up, love and friendship.
I definitely recommend this one to those who are looking for an adult drama to watch!! If you loved Dear Missy, My Best Friend Story, you will definitely love this too!!
masterpieceThis is one of those dramas that either get you flustrated due to plot being on the slower side... or you fall in love with the careful storytelling and fleshed out characters.
One thing that stands out about Crossroad Bistro is it's cinematic quality. You can really tell a lot of thought has been out into making at all work. I really enjoyed the cinematography and set design, it was all super pleasing to watch.
The story is more on the realistic side, however there is an air of naivety. Personally I was willing to overlook all the flaws given how compelling this drama was for me to watch. The characters don't make the best choices, don't seem to communicate well but the story manages to show their growth, which was very satisfying for me. Yeah sometimes the story seemed to drag but at the same time everyone was given spotlight. Thanks to that, all storylines had a chance to progress without much loose ends.
Acting is top-notch, whoever did the casting needs a raise. Everyone did a great job and also had very nice chemistry as an ensemble cast. I really appreciate how they all got the chance to Act. Not often actors are given decent material and are able to show their skills properly...
Overall, I recommend this one for everyone who looks for more mature story about adults. This drama made me feel so many things, from disgust and annoyance to joy. Last episode made me feel full as if I ate a big delicious meal, and probably I will rewatch this drama at least once. Anything for Feng Xi and Henan :)