Fatboy’s: The Elvis
Bacon stuffed pork patty, Grilled Bananas and Creamy Peanut Butter, on a honey oat bun.
$2.95 + Free coke + Naked fries $1.95
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
First up, Fatboy’s in BBK1 (Street 51, just after the crossing with 294) caught my eye with it’s bold, cartoonish branding. Being a sucker for good marketing, I ventured inside to if it lived up to the hype.
Egged on by my workmates, I opted for the rather unusual combinations in ‘The Elvis’ burger. At this point, it is worth noting that the menu did not consider vegetarians at all- offering no veggie burgers, whilst also throwing meat into almost everything else on the menu.
On the Side
I ordered a side of naked fries ($1.95), which arrived as a very generous portion that probably would have suited two people. These were fine, not particularly noteworthy apart from the portion size.
The Elvis arrived shortly after, in true Cambodian style of each dish being brought out as it’s ready – so don’t bother waiting for everyone’s food to arrive, just dive right in. The honey oat bun was a welcomed change to usual brioche or sesame seed buns, adding both sweet flavours and the illusion that I was actually eating healthily (I wasn’t).
The peanut butter was a lot less offensive than I assumed it would be, offering just a slight sparkle to the mouthful of meat. The patty itself was cooked medium rare, deliciously melting in the mouth. And then the banana hit. My mind and stomach immediately entered a debate on whether it was dessert time or not – although for the more adventurous eater I’d definitely recommend giving this a try.
Overall the low pricing of $2.95 for my burger, and a coke, has enticed me to revisit Fatboys soon and give a more traditional burger topping combination a try. I’d give the Elvis burger a solid 6.5/10 – and recommend a dab of Tabasco to complete the carnival of creative flavours.
Fatboys, Street 57, BKK1