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“Launceston's surprise!”
Review of Black Cow Bistro

Black Cow Bistro
Ranked #1 of 312 Restaurants in Launceston
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Steakhouse
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Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic, Local cuisine
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.
Palmerston North, New Zealand
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
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“Launceston's surprise!”
Reviewed October 9, 2013

Unexpected top quality service and food. The seating was only just comfortable. Great bar selection and excellent wine. Pricey

  • Visited August 2013
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“Tender, juicy, perfectly cooked!”
Reviewed October 5, 2013

Black Cow, wow! Ate here for dinner on Saturday night, during their second sitting at 8.30pm. Was served efficiently & attentively. First up a dozen fresh oysters with lemon (& tobasco) from St Helens - delish!! Mains...I had scotch fillet while hubby had ribeye. Steaks were juicy, cooked to perfection and with a hint of smoke coating the sides. Both came with a potato gratin stack, which was smooth, creamy with a crisp layer on top - looked a bit like a vanilla slice. I ordered the truffle bernaise sauce which was musky and creamy. It was definitely the best of the three sauces we ordered, which also included the mushroom and the pepper. We added a side of baby carrots that were crisp and sweet glazed. To wash down the meal we had 2 glasses each of their Pinot Noir, a Tassie drop of course! We spent $190 all up, but well worth it. So much so, that we're going back tonight!

  • Visited October 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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“Meat Lovers Paradise”
Reviewed September 28, 2013

Tasmania has some of the best beef in the world. Remember this name - Cape Grim. I have only ever tasted the highest quality of product from this area of Tasmania. The Cape Grim beef served at the Black Cow was no exception. Service is exceptional here - I must thank the head waitress for fitting us in at the last moment. Another high point on the Launceston culinary scene.

  • Visited August 2013
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Adelaide, Australia
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“Professional service & enjoyable meal”
Reviewed September 24, 2013

Not much open in Launceston on a Monday night off season so the Black Cow was a pleasant surprise. The service was friendly and very efficient. Excellent starter of pork belly, really tasty which my wife and I shared. Mains were OK but nothing special. My steak was more well done than medium as ordered, my wife's salmon was underdone and in a sauce that was not needed. The wines by the glass were very expensive for this type of place, in the $12-14 a glass range for mainly local ones. These are probably on a par or even higher than equivalent places in Sydney and Melbourne.

A minor point. On arrival we had to ask for the background music to be turned down as all we could hear was the base thumping. Why do restaurants insist on playing inappropriate music which no one listens to but can only ever become a distraction?

  • Visited September 2013
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Wollongong, Australia
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“Very good, just short of excellent”
Reviewed September 24, 2013 via mobile

Went here on TA assisted recommendation and found it very good but not excellent.

Service was great, fairly reasonably priced food and high quality, only let down was wine list.

The list was about 8 pages long but not one Shiraz by the glass...?? Its the only wine to drink with a good steak but could only buy it by the bottle for about $60, which was a let down.

Overall, 7.5/10 and food was very good!

  • Visited September 2013
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