48 Easey St, Collingwood, Melbourne
Easey’s have been all up in my Instagram feed for so long now, their burgers looked so good, and I SO wanted to love them…
I had a burger craving the other week. Favourite 1090 was still off the grid after having some truck issues, so we kept on going past Rucker’s Hill towards Collingwood. We decided to try Easey’s for 2 reasons: afore mentioned social media food porn, and proximity to Messina for dessert (the burger was probably gonna make me unwell anyway, may as well have lactose, too!)
We rolled up around 6pm on a Friday night, and it was already packed – we got a seat on the second floor (I so wanted to sit in the rooftop trains 😦 damn!), and ordered quickly, being pretty hungry. The wait time was actually very civilized for such a busy Friday night, only 20 minutes or so.
Husband ordered the Rowdy Double Cheeseburger (double beef, double American cheese, bacon, jalapenos, pickles, onion, ketchup and mustard):
I went with the Easey Cheesy (just the one patty with American cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles, onion, ketchup, mustard and mayo):
They looked SO good. Don’t they look lovely? And they were. But they were missing something which neither of us could put our fingers on. Individually, everything was great! Patties cooked medium, tick. Great choice of cheese, properly melted, tick. Appropriately crispy bacon, tick. Condiment selection, tick. It was all there, it should have been magic. But there were no fireworks… Don’t get me wrong, Easey’s does make a good burger (upon reflection, I’m thinking I wasted space with the lettuce and tomato and should have gone the double; the extra cheese and meat and bacon in lieu of healthy stuff may have helped..)! But for all the hype that came with it, I expected a little more… I think that’s one of the biggest social media dangers for food lovers – maybe my opinion would have been a little different without the expectations!
We also ordered a side of chips with Changz perrinaise (so good!) and deep fried chicken bites. Perfectly done chips, happy days, but that chicken was the real winner – super tender and juicy inside, golden crispy perfection outside. LOVED these!
Collingwood has been inundated with burger options of late, so it’s a little hard to know where to go for the next one. Personally, I’d probably be more inclined to try Mr Scruff’s or go back for another Rockwell before returning to Easey’s, but I most likely will return – I want to try the double. And the potato cakes. Still kicking myself for missing that on the menu before ordering.