My BurgerLab – A+ miniburger
A chedder beef patty, paired with shiitake & enoki mushrooms, baby tomatoes and caramelized onions.
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.
The Burger Joint
Smack bang on the busy Norodom Boulevard (41), this slick munch museum is a short walk from the boozy favourites of bkk1. The venue is large, welcoming and definitely one of the trendier burger haunts visited so far. Ordering is made at the counter, and bizarrely all the menus are kept there too, so hopefully the rest of the queue will be patient if you need to peruse through the decent array of options.
Almost all of the burgers are served in a black bun, which instantly excited my easily pleased adventurous palette. Trying to be clever, I opted to pick two burgers in their ‘mini’ size. Reality smacked me back down and the server seemed to ignore my second burger request and left it out the order – perhaps it was my incoherent Scottish mumbling to blame – although I did get peeved at being over charged for the accompanying sides of fries and a pepsi for my friend, advertised as only $1 extra but both individually billed for us.
Nevermind, my ‘ The A+’ burger was getting prepared. I eagerly awaited the combo of mushrooms topping their chedder beef patty.
On the Side
No sides were included, and did I rant about being overcharged for the sides I ordered? No? I was overcharged. But I’m over it. Honest.
The fries were pretty great, and with the cost of the burgers being so little and fair, I can’t really make any complaints about the sides*.
*except my complaint about the Pepsi & fries combo. Remember that?
The burger was made super quick, from an open-kitchen near where we sat. This was the first time I’d tried a black bun, and if I had my eyes closed I doubt I’d have thought any differently about the taste of it. The bun was delicious, yet not unusual, so don’t let the colour put you off and embrace the originality. The beef patty was perfect, I stirred out of my strop instantly as the medium-rare cooked burger was absolutely to my taste. The menu hadn’t listed the baby/cherry tomatoes and these added a welcomed freshness to the flavours. The burger sauce was fairly akin to that of a McDonalds, so it did cross the boundaries between gourmet and fast food into a taste bud purgatory. The mix of mushrooms worked well, without overpowering the flavour combinations. Bravo Burgerlab.
The Mini Burger was a great size for a quick snack, yet I’d recommend going full size and really savouring their creation. I’d give the A+ Burger 7.5/10 – With a great selection of classic and adventurous toppings, you won’t be stuck for choice here. An extra tip would be investing in the ‘pi pay’ app, as you get 40% off your bill! I can safely say I will be returning to MyBurgerLab in the near future – watch this space.
41 Preah Norodom Blvd, BKK1, Phnom Penh
Want more? Check out the Mexicali review here: https://whatsonphnompenh.com/2017/08/29/frazer-vs-burger-dos-besos-mexicali-burger/