Black Cow

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70 George St, Launceston
03) 6334 8596
Open: Seven nights from 6pm.

If you associate beef with steak-house blokiness, think again! At Black Cow, it’s white-clothed tables and subdued lighting for tete-a-tete twosomes, the beautiful murals are inspired by the 17,000-year-old cave drawings of Lascaux in southern France, the wines have been selected with as much care and consideration as the steaks and there were, on our visit at least, as many small groups of women as there were men.

But first, our entrees – an absolutely delicious warm salad of butternut pumpkin, feta and rocket and a Chinese-style pork belly with pickled apple salad, a dish, like a number of other entrees, reflecting the Asian-inspired flavours found at Stillwater.

The menu lists the steaks by cut, size from 200g to 400g, Tasmanian provenance and how long they’ve been aged. My wife chose the 200g prime steer eye fillet from Swift Tasmania at Longford, I the fillet of two-year old Mirragong wagyu that had been aged for 42 days. Grilled perfectly as ordered, in flavour and tenderness, I doubt either could have been bettered.

From the extensive wine list, I ordered a 2005 Grey Sands Merlot, was asked if I might be interested in one of their few remaining bottles of the 2003, said I was, and it was great with just the right weight, developed flavour and cut to be a fabulous match with our meats.

A blue cheese to finish the wine from a Tasmanian mainstream selection was the only minor disappointment of the night and we might have been better off indulging in a little nostalgia by ordering the golden syrup dumpling or the rhubarb and caramel pudding, the crème brulee or the Lindt chocolate tart.

That apart, it’s little wonder they’ve been and continue to be so busy.

Entrees $10.50 to $20; mains $28.50 for char-grilled chicken breast to $45 for the wagyu fillet with other steaks around $33; desserts $13.50 to $16.50

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