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“You get what you pay for!”
Review of Black Cow Bistro

Black Cow Bistro
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Ranked #1 of 306 Restaurants in Launceston
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Steakhouse
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Good for: Business meetings, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, 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.
Coffs Harbour, Australia
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73 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“You get what you pay for!”
Reviewed January 10, 2013

Loved this place! Perfect steak, attentive staff and a fine dining experience. Yes, it's expensive but worth it!

Visited January 2013
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39 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“One of my BEST steaks ever.”
Reviewed January 10, 2013

Big call I know, but Black Cow served my partner one of our best steaks ever. She even said it beat Rockpool from a few weeks ago. I liked the truffle bearnaise and she the peppercorn jus.
Of particular note were the sides. Some different things from the usual suspects and I was so happy to see - and order - fennel. It's such an under-appreciated vegie and goes well with steak. Top marks guys.
Service was professional and we thoroughly recommend Black Cow to you.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank MalcolmBerry
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Launceston, Australia
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Great steak but a little pricey”
Reviewed January 9, 2013

Husband and I felt like a nice steak so we booked in advance which is a must for the Black Cow.
The Pork Belly entrée was tasty. Just enough pork belly and the bean shoot, coriander salad was refreshing and cut through the richness of the pork.
I had an Eye Fillet with the truffle béarnaise sauce. The steak was cooked well for and the béarnaise was a fantastic accompaniment. Husband was happy with his scotch fillet. We had a side of dutch carrots which were also very tasty.
Desserts were ok but so overpriced – why do so many great restaurants do this? I am a sweet tooth and am happy to pay up to $15 for a dessert but $18 is too much regardless of the multiple components (soil and dust) on the plate.
Staff were attentive and polite.
Restaurant can get quite loud when full. If you are after a romantic, quite night this is not the place to go.
All up I think we would return but it’s not on my must go back soon list.

  • Visited December 2012
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Launceston, Australia
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12 reviews
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Reviewed January 3, 2013

We go here every month. You cant get a better pork belly dish or steak anywhere. The service is 5 star and the food always a high standard. This is our number one restaurant in launceston. Not suitable for large groups though as space is limited. We came in dec 2012 last time for work dinner with 6 people we were on a table that suited 4 people. Very uncomfortable.

Visited December 2012
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Sydney, Australia
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52 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Worth trying if you like steak and wine”
Reviewed December 30, 2012

Beautifully cooked local steak (truffle bearnaise was worth trying). Good wine list. Nice oyster entree and indulgent fondant dessert. Attentive staff. Worth trying if you're feeling like a splurge.

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank Jax222
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