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“Great service and massive steaks!”
Review of Black Cow Bistro

Black Cow Bistro
Ranked #1 of 323 Restaurants in Launceston
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Steakhouse
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: “Tasmanian Beef Specialist” Located in the historic art deco Luck’s Butchery shop in Launceston, Tasmania, Black Cow showcases grass fed, free range, hormone free, dry aged, premium Tasmanian beef including brands from Cape Grim, Greenhams, Clover Country, King Island and Flinders Island amongst others. Legislation in Tasmania against the use of hormone growth promotants and antibiotics in red meat production combined with Tasmanian graziers’ focus on free-range grass fed cattle produces happy animals and superior quality meat. A flexible pricing structure and side dishes designed around fresh, local produce allow guests to create the dining experience they desire. Also sporting a well-priced wine list with a heavy emphasis on local Tasmanian wines with some full-bodied reds thrown in for good measure. An energetic atmosphere and friendly professional service completes the Black Cow offering. This casual Bistro style has been a hit with the local community as well as visitors so reservations are essential. A private wine room offers dining for up to 12 guests for those important dinners and negotiations. Open 7 nights a week from 5:30pm to late. The Black Cow logo has been inspired by the amazing ancient artworks in the Lascaux Caves in France. Carbon dating indicates that these paintings are more than 17,000 years old. Black Cow, the name, is a tribute to the Bos Genus… Historically the cow has been important to many cultures. It has been seen and worshiped as a symbol of contentedness, fecundity, the passive yet creative and generative powers of nature, patience, nourishment, abundance, fertility and equifinality. It is also, of course, an excellent source of protein.
Reviewed November 26, 2011

The BlackCow had been recommended to me by a colleague who loves his food so I may have had higher expectations than I should of. This restaurant is right in the middle of Launy's CBD so easy to get to and park outside. The staff were wonderful, friendly and informative. The restaurant is small but it has a nice feel to it. The menu is dominated by the promise of excellent large steaks to reflect the name The BlackCow. Everyone in our group enjoyed their meals and the evening. I was a little disappointed in my 300 g eye fillet. It was cooked as I like it, med rare, but the meat was sinewy in the centre. Everything else made up for it though and I would recommend this spot.

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Reviewed November 25, 2011

The bistro is in the heart of beautiful Launceston,its ambiance is cosy and delightful,service is friendly ,and the food delicious .the wine selection is vast and highlights Tasmania's best .
worth the visit .

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Reviewed November 12, 2011

This small centrally located bistro specialises in steak - a range of cuts not often available in restaurants, and sourced from different locations. Entrees are varied, and include some very nice oysters.

My steak ( a porterhouse) was quite acceptable - good size, cooked as requested, and tasty. Unfortunately it was a little dry. I suspect this was related to the thickness of the steak, which meant the outside dried out before the inside was cooked. Better cooking of thick cuts can be achieved, and it was disappointing that this specialist steak restaurant did not achieve it.

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10  Thank Sangio7
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Reviewed November 8, 2011

Very much enjoyed this little but cozy bistro. Food was very good, wine even better ;) and friendly staff! Will be back!

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Reviewed November 7, 2011

Yes, it really is a beef restaurant. There's a lot of variety in the entrees, but the mains are beef - delicious, aged Tasmanian beef, but just beef. And it's best to starve yourself all day beforehand too as the servings are seriously large. We couldn't finish either of our mains despite trying hard and had little room for desserts.

The staff are one of this restaurant's strongest points. They're young, well-trained and busy.

You'll enjoy this place. Book ahead. It's always busy.

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