EASEY’S

Feast Mel­bourne

GRAM - - Contents - WORDS FEAST MEL­BOURNE PHO­TOG­RA­PHY FEAST MEL­BOURNE, JIMMY HURLSTON AND VANESSA COOK

No, you aren’t see­ing things. There re­ally is three train car­riages on top of this build­ing in Colling­wood. One of them just hap­pens to be con­verted into a restau­rant and owned by Easey’s Burg­ers. Their train car­riage is a Hi­tachi 153M, which be­gan op­er­at­ing in Mel­bourne in 1978, be­fore it re­tired and was su­per­seded by car­riages with air con­di­tion­ing. Easey’s trans­formed the in­side but kept some of the car­riage’s orig­i­nal el­e­ments, which def­i­nitely adds to the restau­rant’s char­ac­ter.

Th­ese car­riages were al­ways be­ing “pret­ti­fied” by graf­fiti artists back in the day. So Easey’s de­cided to keep with the graf­fiti theme through­out the restau­rant. Easey’s is four floors (which they call zones) of won­der. The cafe-slash-bar at the en­trance is Zone 1. It in­cludes old ar­cade games as ta­bles and booths with train seats. Cus­tomers can take an el­e­va­tor di­rectly to the top, but we sug­gest check­ing out the stair­well in­stead. Zone 2 is the colour­fully dec­o­rated Gallery and Din­ing Room, which is the per­fect space for your next func­tion.

Con­tinue up passed Level 3 and you have made it to the top and Level 4. This is where you will find the restau­rant, which is aptly named The Yard. The day we vis­ited was beau­ti­fully sunny Mel­bourne morn­ing, so we de­cided to sit out­side in the pa­tio. The small area was po­si­tioned be­tween two of the train car­riages and in­cluded pretty views of Colling­wood. Now, onto the food, be­cause that’s why we are all here, right? Easey’s menu re­sem­bled those of its North Amer­i­can coun­ter­parts. Think fried chicken, chilli fries, Mac n Cheese, jalapeños and pick­les. Some of the burg­ers just looked in­sane, in­clud­ing the Mel­bourne Mad­ness: dou­ble beef patty, triple Amer­i­can ched­dar, ba­con, jalapeños, a potato cake, pick­les, onion and dim sim.

We chose Changaz Chicken Sanga, which in­cluded fried chicken, cheese, ba­con, let­tuce and may­on­naise. The burger was ex­cel­lent and the fried chicken was cooked per­fectly – crispy on the out­side whilst still be­ing ten­der on the in­side. The Easey’s team also hap­pily made the same burger gluten-free (with­out the bun) for our din­ing com­pan­ion. Cus­tomers can choose to get a combo with their burg­ers, which in­cludes chips and a drink. The chips were ex­cel­lently crispy and def­i­nitely didn’t re­sem­ble the thin shape of their Amer­i­can coun­ter­part, fries.

The servers at Easey’s were at­ten­tive and friendly, show­ing us through the closed Zone 2 and an­swer­ing our ques­tions about the unique prop­erty. Feast rec­om­mends a visit to Easey’s at any time of the day. Dur­ing the morn­ing, cus­tomers can get a free pop tart with their cof­fee and the restau­rant also en­joys do­ing a lunch spe­cial or two dur­ing the week.

If you dare to de­vour the Mel­bourne Mad­ness, per­haps don’t con­sume any­thing for 24 hours be­fore­hand.

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