While Streetsville is, at most, a fifteen-minute drive away, I must confess that my knowledge of the area is less than that of Markville. When Cagneys was suggested as our Friday night destination of choice, I had to do some quick Googling in order to determine its location and menu offerings.
The long entranceway, made mysterious and a tad alluring through the use of a blue-toned lights and fireplace mounted on texturized stone wall, was a drastic contrast from the weathered plaza that the restaurant was located within. The interior decor was sophisticated and modest, with a mere touch of ambiguity. Divided into two sections, the left led towards a cozy dining area with black booths and dim lighting, while the right featured a drink bar and several television screens, sports bar-style.
Saying that I was "stunned" with the price tags attached to the meals would be an understatement; I was incredibly overwhelmed to the point where my already-fatigued brain almost ceased to function. (Chilean Sea Bass for $44?! But why?!?!)
The Steak Bites arrived first: a pile of messily-plated mushrooms, diced beef, and sauteed peppers slathered in a sticky teriyaki-oyster sauce-like hybrid and doused in black pepper. I tried one bite before pushing it away and taking to griping about the forgotten trails of oil dancing on the plate. It wasn't horrible, mind you - the steak was cooked to a perfect Medium Rare, but the overly viscous sauce disturbed my tastebuds.
Next up were the bread basket and French Onion Soup, both of which were complete stunners. The bread rolls were warm, but not scalding hot; crunchy on the outside, yet fluffy on the inside, it paired amazingly well with the melonball-sized scoop of sweet homemade butter accompanying it.
Despite the fogginess of the evening, I still enjoyed the meal. Though the Steak Bites and Cagneys Flatbread were nothing impressive, the remainder of the meal made for a decent first experience. Our waitress, while not always within sight, was friendly and prompt with our requests for drink refills and napkins; the environment itself is already deserving of four stars (minus one for the hideous blue shadows it cast). In all honesty, I'm thinking about returning solely for the sake of trying their desserts...