Time: During Lunch
Rating: 5 out of 5 Skulls!!!
Soupa Saiyan is located in a small plaza at 5689 Vineland Road with a few other restaurants and small businesses. The parking was decent but we were not able to park directly in front of the restaurant. We parked in front of the Grill restaurant. It was clean outside and I loved the sign for Soupa Saiyan.
Inside: There was so much to look at that it took us a minute to get to the front and order. The decor was pretty basic but awesome. Most DBZ fans would love the decor and honestly initially I’m sure that’s what most people come for. We were no different. We went in understanding the food theme but really we went to seethe DBZ stuff and totally geek out.
The restaurant is small. It seems like a tiny hole-in-the-wall type restaurant. Often these types of restaurants are the best. As I look around the room I can see tons of Pop DBZ figurines, models,and action figures behind the glass partition around the kitchen. Above nearly each table is a flying Nimbus that changes colors. The walls are a hue of orange and the walls feature DBZ posters.
I also took time to visit the bathroom. I will honestly say I was disappointed with the lack of DBZ memorabilia in the bathroom. There was one single picture. However, to my relief the bathroom still looked amazing, well kept, and very sanitary. The bathroom honestly looks like you’ve stepped into another world because it is so different than the rest of the restaurant.
Menu: The menu is simple and is mostly a mix and match ramen restaurant. First you choose your broth (chicken, beef, or vegetable). Then you pick your noodles (rice, egg/ramen, or Udon). The day we were there they were out of the egg/ramen noodles. After you pick your noodles you choose 2 items from the next section (veggies, chicken, shrimp, rare steak, fish balls, squid,and more). You can add extras like a fried egg or lobster tail. You can also choose from one of their custom soups like the Fire noddles.
Rufo, his sister, and myself all ordered different soups. My soup consisted of Chicken Broth,Udon Noodles, Veggies, a fried egg, and Shrimp. Rufo’s was rice noodles, vegetable broth, fish balls, and veggies. His sister’s dish consisted of beef broth, Udon noodles, rare beef, and veggies.
We sat down at a larger table near the glass partition while we waited for our soup. On our table you could find napkins, spoons, chopsticks, and condiments like: Siracha, Soy Sauce, and Hot and Mild Chilies. They called Rufo’s name and we were served 3 huge bowls of soup.
Price: $9.50 for each soup and an extra $2 for my fried egg.
Kiva’s: I initially tasted the soup prior to adding seasoning so I could enjoy the base flavor. The broth tasted like chicken and was sweet from the carrots. The vegetables were perfectly cooked and were still crispy. The shrimp was perfect and not over-cooked. The noodles were chewy and perfect. I sliced open the fried egg spilling the yolk into the soup. I stirred the soup to incorporate the flavors. The best addition to the soup was the cilantro. After doing my initial assessment of the flavor I chose to add soy sauce and Siracha. The addition of these 2 flavors made the soup amazing.
Rufo’s: I also tasted his soup which consisted of vegetable broth, rice noodles, veggies and fish balls. The initial flavor was sweeter than I expected. The noodles were light, the broth was well seasoned, and the veggies were cooked very well. The fish balls were small and cut in half. They were breaded and fried balls of white fish that remained remarkably intact in the soup.
Sister’s: Siracha and chili paste had been added prior to my opportunity to taste her soup. Her soup consisted of beef broth, udon noodles, beef strips, and veggies. The Siracha and chili paste were excellent additions. They left the soup well seasoned with a bit of a bite to it.
Overall: Initially we went for the decor but we fell in love with the soup. I fell in love with it so much that for my NYE/Birthday Party I choose to do an Asian Hot Pot.
I created a soup with chicken, beef, chicken and seafood stock, garlic, scallions, cilantro, seasoned nori sheets, firm tofu,udon noodles, mushrooms, carrots, and zucchini. Everyone loved the soup and enjoyed hearty portions. The leftovers were even better the next day.