“With great hunger, comes great responsibility “—that’s how the saying goes, right?
After swimming through all the drunks, loud music, and swarms of dancing girls of the infamous Nana soi 4, you will find the small unique restaurant of Hero Food & Gathering hidden in the back of the soi. There will be a life size figure of Venom (evil black Spiderman) on the top of the restaurant that’ll arouse your curiosity rather than trigger fear.
You enter the door to Hero and you are quickly transported into the colorful world of DC and Marvel. Captain America greets you at the door, holding his famous shield. This is an uplifting feeling, knowing that Venom is right outside the door ready to string you up at any second.
If you are a superhero fan, in Bangkok, then you have to check out this restaurant. From the life-size action figures to the beautiful artwork and the food & beverages, it is all uniquely dedicated to the love of superheroes.
We, at Hungry Hub, sat down with the owner of Hero Food & Gathering to understand a bit more about the story “behind the masks.”
Khun Nithit Arunvogse Na Ayudhya (aka Min) and his father are the brains behind Bangkok’s first restaurant dedicated to the famous world of comic book heroes.
When Hungry Hub asked Min about the reasons for opening such a unique restaurant, he replied that it was one of the major passions he and his father shared growing up. It created a bond between them that now they can share with the world. Comic books were always there when Min needed a lift in spirits and entertainment. He, also, said that comic books helped him with his English skills.
At one time they had a collection of over 500 comics in their house. Now, they have about half of that because they donated them to charities; however, they still keep the limited and first editions of the famous ones. Min told me his father has one of the rarest editions of Superman in his bedroom. I can just picture it in his father’s bedroom inside a glass case with special lights shining down on Superman’s face, while the book spins slowly on a 360 degree spinner. Every time Min’s mother walks into the bedroom, she can’t help but roll her eyes.
But in all seriousness, Min and his father did a great job with Heroes Food & Gathering. They had to get all the licenses and rights to be able to display any of the Marvel and DC memorabilia. Their next step is to create a menu where food will follow a superhero theme; for instance, a hamburger bun designed to look like Captain America’s shield and Superman colored French-Fries.
As for now, their food and drinks don’t display the aforementioned aspects; however, they still do create food that does a Superman round house kick to your taste buds!“Bam! KaPOW!”— in a good way. Try their popular dish; Fried Rice with Salted Beef (180THB) or if your appetite is leaning more towards Aquaman, their salmon burger (340THB) is top notch. Don’t forget to wash it down with one of their signature superhero cocktails like the Assassin (250THB)—a coffee liqueur drink with an original Hero recipe that will give you superhero strength.
Apart from owning Bangkok’s first superhero restaurant, Min and his father are like real-life superheroes themselves for Bangkok City and throughout Thailand. They dedicate themselves in helping the community in any way possible with philanthropy work or helping small businesses. All of the breathtaking murals on the walls were painted by a skillful one-arm handicapped man. The superhero memorabilia is all produced by small business owners. Everything down to Captain America’s shield on the wall to the littler superhero figurines on each of the tables were designed and created by small business around Thailand.
When we asked Min, why he doesn’t just buy from bigger businesses for cheaper prices, his response was sincere and without hesitation, “I like keeping it local.” That’s just the man that Min is. He is a humble well educated guy that is passionate about food, superheroes, and his community.
You can find Hero Food & Gathering on Hungry Hub to book your table 24/7. Also, you will receive Hungry Hub Baht and special discounts from the restaurant.