Sometimes burgers just taste better when you’re in an old Melbourne train. Especially when that train is perched on the edge of a rooftop on Easey Street in Collingwood.
Back in 2015, self-confessed burger-addict Jimmy ‘Burgers’ Hurlston and graffiti enthusiast Jeremy Gaschk opened a burger joint with a difference – Easey’s. From the street, Easey’s looks like a precarious art installation. Three decommissioned Hitachi train cars jut out from the edge of the three-storey building that Easey’s calls home.
How they got there, we don’t know. But from the moment they parked there, they have become home to one of Melbourne’s most iconic burger joints.
The old-school Hitachis were the Holy Grail of trains for Melbourne graffiti artists back in the 80s. As you walk through the ground floor entrance, it’s obvious that graffiti nostalgia is all part of the Easey’s appeal. The downstairs walls are covered in colourful tags and graffiti throw-ups.
But the real fun begins when you reach the upstairs ‘dining carriage’. Easey’s has restored the major design elements of the original train interiors and added a few quirky décor details for good measure. The view from Easey’s is not too shabby either.
Given that this place was conceived by a guy who has eaten his way through just about every burger menu in Melbourne (Jimmy literally eats burgers EVERY DAY), it’s all about the burgers at Easey’s. Nothing too fancy – just good quality grub at the right price. The house motto says it all: Easey on your pocket and delicious in your mouth.
For first-timers, you can’t go wrong with an Easey Cheesy signature cheeseburger. And while you’re at it, try a side of the double-fried Melbourne Bitter battered potato cakes. For the sweet tooths, the donuts with milkshake-flavoured custard filling are impossible to pass up.
Now in its second year, Easey’s is a firm neighbourhood favourite. Scoring a table in the upstairs train booths is harder than the name suggests, so don’t saunter in without an online booking. Too easy!
Easey’s | 48 Easey Street, Collingwood 3066 | www.easeys.com.au
Sunday – Thursday: 11:00am – 10:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 11:00am – 11:00pm