For those in Phnom Penh wanting to try authentic American cuisine, Mike’s Burger House serves up some of Cambodia’s best burgers that deliver on a well-earned reputation for being both delicious and enormous.
I had the chance to visit Mike’s Burger for the first time a few days ago with my two children and we all loved it. As it happened, Mike was there and started telling us all about his restaurant. Before going there I had heard Mike’s Burger House wasn’t just about wonderful food, but also about the personality of Mike himself. Now I see why. Within minutes of talking with him I too was a devotee. We chatted about the restaurant business and the importance of parking lots – the reason he chose to locate his place nestled in a Sokimex gas station with plenty spaces for cars. He also told me about his compelling life story fleeing the Khmer Rouge and settling in America, where he eventually fell in love with American cooking, especially the burgers.
Mike lived in the States for 20 years and took an early retirement from the U.S. Postal Service before returning to Cambodia. During that time he perfected the art of creating a delicious hamburger. He cracked me up when he said he started the restaurant because he couldn’t find a decent burger in Southeast Asia. Judging from the décor and “American feel” of the place, he evidently mastered the American experience, right down to the friendly customer service. You’ll love his slogan: “Two bites, don’t like, don’t pay.”
If you happen to find your way over to Mike’s Burger House, Mike is always eager to chat with new patrons so be prepared to socialize and over eat!
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