From the outside, you can see the old-school train carriages fixed to the roof, five storeys up. But nothing can prepare you for the reveal, when you pop up inside the carriage to find rows of original orange and brown train seats, a bar with several beer taps and stunning city views. The building is heavily themed around trains and graffiti. Menu prices are printed like train times, while a heap of tables are laminated with rail maps.
The towering venue, owned by Jimmy “Burgers” Hurlston and Jeremy Gaschk, opens from 7am, but apart from good coffee, there’s nothing on the menu that resembles a normal breakfast. First: fried chicken crumbed in Frosties cereal.
Second: Easey Cheesy, the signature all-day burger. For a paltry $6, you get a ground-beef patty sourced from Peter Bouchier (the cuts are a secret), cheese, onion, mustard, ketchup and McClure’s pickles, imported from Detroit.
Salad, veggies? There are none. Hurlston like his burgers “ruthless”, so the only extras options are bacon or jalapenos.
Later in the day the menu branches out to Pop Tarts, potato cakes, doughnuts, bottomless refills of post mix and tap beers from CUB, Mountain Goat, Holgate, Tooborac and Mornington Peninsula Breweries.