Out of the way but worth it
Sokimex Station Russian Confederation Boulevar
For those in Phnom Penh looking for a little taste of home, Mike’s Burger House serves up some of Phnom Penh’s most-loved burgers that are noteworthy for being both toothsome and enormous.
Proprietor Im Chenda, who goes by Mike, is originally from Battambang province, but at the end of the Khmer Rouge era fled to a Thai refugee camp and later to Los Angeles, where he learned the secret to happiness in America: In-N-Out. Mr Im stayed in the States for 20 years before coming back to Cambodia to start an American-style burger joint.
The menu is an homage to In-N-Out: you’ll find the Double Double listed, and in true In-N-Out fashion, “Animal-style” is not on the menu but Mr Im is game to make it. But if you’re looking for something special, or insane, try the Crazy Burger. It’s 12 inches tall, contains fried eggs and double-cooked French fries, and requires serious dedication to attempt, if not finish.
Mike’s Burger House isn’t particularly handy to town — it’s at least a 20-minute tuk tuk ride away, and nestled in a Sokimex gas station you’d easily miss it. But the burgers are solid, they serve A&W root beer floats, and Mr Im is always eager to chat with new faces, so it’s worth a visit.
By Lina Goldberg
Last updated on 19th September, 2014.