Hailing from a city consumed by gourmet burger chains, I’ve grown accustomed to craving pimped-up patties. In this series, I hit the streets of Phnom Penh to sniff out the very best burgers on offer.
A quarter pounder Angus beef steak burger, topped with lettuce, tomato, a gherkin and burger sauce.
$5. Including fries and a small coke.
The Burger Joint
Lucky Burgers are peppered all over town, and while they’re clearly a fast food chain, that’s not always such a bad thing. I decided to try my, ahem, luck and see if I could dig out a gem. Plus, you never know… sometimes chains disguised as fast food turn out to be quasi-gourmet.
The Lucky Burger appealed, the Double Lucky twice as much, but I opted for the quarter pounder Angus Burger to get a more juicy patty. $5 seemed reasonable given the free extras, so I hoped it’d compete with the various hip joints around the city I’ve already visited.
Topped with your expected, classic, burger toppings of lettuce, tomato, a pickle and burger sauce, the Angus itself would have to impress to stand out.
On the Side
A portion of thin fries and a small Coke were included. Very quickly I dubbed the meal fast food and not quite of the ‘gourmet’ style I hoped for.
The fries were nothing special, no major issues with them. The meal came with ketchup and a sweet chilli sauce – so I used both.
I was pretty hungry, and the bun wrapped in paper can sometimes be a quirk – but as mentioned, this was just straight up fast food. So, the next question would be: how does it compare to the giants?
With the lack of McDonalds in the Phnom Penh, there’s surely a gap to exploit the taste loved across the world of fast-food fanatics. Unfortunately, it didn’t really compare – so if that’s the taste you wanted, sorry.
The meat did have a certain familarity to the taste of a Burger King patty, and the pickle had a lot of welcomed zest to the flavour. The sauce was pleasant, not overpowering but spread enough to add flavour with each bite and compliment the overall taste.
It’s fine. It’s a nice quick bite, it’s an easy burger choice when out running round town. I’d give the Angus Burger 4/10 – It’s fine, it won’t change your life, the price is what I’d expect for what they’re advertising. If you want decent fast food, opt to Fatboys – another Phnom Penh chain that’s cheaper and much more exciting!
I visited: Lucky Burger, Koh Pich St, Koh Pich/Diamond Island
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