Okay, so it has been a while since I visited (4 months ago to be exact) and I've been a little tardy in writing my review BUT this is also testament as to how good the meal was because it still stands out in my mind!
I have wanted to visit Black Cow Bistro since it opened but my husband and I just never seemed to find ourselves in Launceston to try it. So when I had to go to Launceston for work I made a point of having dinner there on my first night. Despite blowing over 50% of my budget for the pleasure of eating here and having to dine very down market for the rest of my stay, it was worth every penny!
I chose the eye fillet (Cape Grim Beef) which was perfectly cooked to my specification of rare and was so tender it was like slicing through butter. It was very simply served with very finely sliced potato stack (galette) topped with a delicious sauce of Dijon cream and chives. I like to taste my beef so I requested no sauce but simply a knob of plain butter to add to the decadence. I ordered the baked pumpkin and sweet potato, almonds, brown butter and lemon yogurt side dish which was delicious and a perfect accompaniment to the fillet. For dessert I indulged in the Lindt chocolate parfait, espresso clotted cream, chocolate streusel and coffee gelee. Not the prettiest dessert I've ever seen thanks to the coffee gelee which looks like an unappetising brown jellyfish! To be honest, I personally think that the gelee detracts from the dessert rather than enhances it, I didn't particularly like the texture and although the coffee flavour was a nice addition to the dish, I think it could have been added in a different way because the strange jelly blob also conceals the more appealing deliciousness beneath. Fortunately, the hot chocolate I was served at the end of the meal more than made up for any slight disappointment I experienced in my dessert.
All in all it was a very good and very enjoyable meal if a little pricey. I also had a wonderful table up near the back of the restaurant, perfectly suited for a single diner. Top marks to a top restaurant!
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