|The menu at the Intersteer|
The chef at the Intersteer was Bart Murawieki, a Susur Lee trained chef. He has apparently moved on and been replaced by Mike Cross, an old sous chef from Rain. To me this was the most intriguing part of the Intersteer. It appeared to be a kind of seedy old Polish bar but, if you braved its harsh veneer, it would reward you with some truly amazing food.
So with this in mind I invited a couple of friends out for a bite at the Intersteer. Everyone, meet Daniel Neuhaus and Vanessa Heins. You'll really like em both!
|Daniel Neuhaus and Vanessa Heins|
Photographer Vanessa Heins is a Ryerson alumni who's name seems to appear all over the place. A favourite photographer amongst musicians and photo editors alike, she is an incredible talent who also seems to be completely devoid of any ego whatsoever. She makes the most wonderful and subtle photographs that have an airy and effortless quality to them. She's a doll!
We started off with the most intriguing sounding dish on the menu, the "nacho pierogi" which are pierogi with "the works". Both Daniel and Vanessa ordered the crispy chicken sandwich with avocado and Thai bail, Daniel got his with fries and Vanessa got hers with salad, and I ordered the pan-fried fish and chips. The pierogi arrived first and they were great. They were topped with cheddar cheese, jalapenos, tomatoes, peppers, sour cream, and guacamole. Never did I ever think you could properly fuse together Polish and Mexican foods but the Intersteer has found a way. They tasted pretty good. I mean its the kind of a novelty dish that I enjoyed but probably wouldn't order again. Kind of like every single dish at a "Poutinery". Nevertheless we gobbled them up real quick. Even Vanessa had a bite and she's lactose intolerant! So speaks the power of the pierogi nachos.
|Vanessa looking cute|
with her chicken sandwich
My fish tasted good but I could see what Dan and Vanessa were saying. The accompanying homemade tartar sauce was great but the fish itself wasn't particularly special. Perhaps I was being unfairly influenced by Intersteer's reputation, or perhaps I was expecting too much, but really the fish was entirely average pub fare.
|My pan-fried fish and chips|
In the meantime, Intersteer you disappointed us. I think I would go back but only for the drinks, the patrons, the jukebox, and the waitresses who say I smell really good, not for the food.