After a cracking lunch at Stillwater, I was lamenting that I didn’t have a chance to visit for dinner. I had already arranged to eat in Black Cow for more steak-focussed delights. It was a pleasant surprise to find that it was in the same ownership as Stillwater, which I quickly worked out when I opened the wine list.
Black Cow is on the site of a former butcher and what looks to have been a major Launceston institution called Luck’s. The community seem to have taken the place to their hearts as it was well-stocked with locals and regulars when I crossed the threshold and took up station at the one remaining table.
The folks had thoughtfully left me a couple of magazines to peruse during my solo dining time. The food quickly proved all the entertainment I needed.
With help from the excellent front of house team, I quickly settled on olives and sherry to nibble on, then white fish sashimi to start followed by a Porterhouse steak to follow.
After the enjoyable sherry and marinated olives were dispatched, my sashimi starter arrived. It was accompanied by green tea soba noodles and a ponzu sauce.
One of the waitresses had explained at great length their usual white fish and today’s slight variance on it, but both species were unfamiliar to my ear so didn’t stick. This didn’t detract from a highly enjoyable dish with very good quality fish at its core.
I have come to understand that Australians call what would more usually be called New York strip or Delmonico steak (and sometimes sirloin) a Porterhouse which is fine if a little confusing. Whatever the case the main course steak was delivered to a very high standard.
I’d been advised to add a side of the charred broccoli and this was the unexpected star of the show. The charring highlighted some of the distinctive broccoli bitterness which was beautifully balanced by the umami greatness of a parmesan topping. It was really splendid.
I rounded things out with a liquid dessert of a locally distilled single malt. It was light and highly approachable.
So overall, I was impressed with Black Cow. It served me a really enjoyable dinner with some very good dishes served in warmly welcoming surroundings. I’d recommend it to you next time you’re in lovely Launceston.
Blythe scores Black Cow
4/5 for food
4/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
4/5 for service
giving an overall 16/20
I ate: marinated olives, white fish sashimi, steak
I drank: sherry, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, whisky
I wore: action footwear
Total bill: $151.50
Address: 70 George Street, Launceston TAS 7250