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“Good Food but Owner Lied to us re: Tipping Policy”
Review of Black Cow Bistro

Black Cow Bistro
Ranked #1 of 322 Restaurants in Launceston
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Steakhouse
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Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
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.
Reviewed May 9, 2013

Enjoyed a good but expensive - they charge for bread! - meal but were disappointed when the owner lied to us about Australian tipping protocol telling us that 15%-20% is normal. Fortunately, two young ladies at the next table informed us that, since waiters & waitresses are paid $17 - $22/hour, tipping is not expected. As a result, we patronized another restaurant, The French Bistro (excellent!) the next night.

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2  Thank TuanBesar69
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

I thought we would get delicious high quality food here . But what we received was badly cooked, poorly presented and bad value for money. And oh the service! Absolutely dreadful. My cutlery was dropped on my feet , the waiter couldn't answer any questions, meals were bought out to each of us far apart . Dessert was burnt. Main was actually inedible .

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Reviewed May 6, 2013

Went here for the first time late last month and had a fantastic meal. I went with a group of people from work and everyone was very happy with their meal. The price is a little on the expensive side but you get what you pay for. Had a few beers and these are not cheap either. Very impressed with the service and would happily go back.

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Reviewed May 3, 2013

The best steak i've ever had. If you don't mind paying for quality, every morsel was tasty. Pork Belly entree was AMAZING. Sides delicious, wine delicious.

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Reviewed May 2, 2013

Black Cow is not your average 'steak house'. It is one of Launceston's best restaurants and it's prices are at the top end BUT the food & service make it 'value for money'. We've eaten here many times and have never been disappointed. Service is attentive and helpful, steak dishes come with a range of choices of cut, size and accompaniments, and the 'non steak eater' is catered for too.

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