Dani Valent

Dani Valent

Food writer and restaurant reviewer

Neon Tiger

Pappardelle with roasted cauliflower peas and gorgonzola at Neon Tiger.

Everything feels good at this friendly, clever cafe.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Aug 02 00:00:00 EST 2015

Thaiger Rabbit

Yum sam grop salad with shards of deep-fried fish skin and tangy tamarind and chilli dressing.

Victoria Street mainstay Ying Thai is relocated and reinvented as cool, fun Thaiger Rabbit.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Mon Jul 27 09:15:30 EST 2015

Shyun Ramen

Tonkotsu gekikara at Shyun Ramen.

A good broth will act as a culinary hug to prod you towards health. Does this ramen pass the soup test?

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Jul 19 00:00:00 EST 2015

Bistro Guillaume

Riverside bistro ticks the classic French boxes without doodling all over the page.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Jul 12 00:00:00 EST 2015

Steak Ministry

The 'amazing famous bomb' dessert.

I'm not sure how much of a celebrity the 'amazing famous bomb' is, but it's definitely a show-stopper.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Jul 05 00:00:00 EST 2015

Serotonin Dealer

This is not just a cafe, it's a 'happiness educational institution'.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Jun 28 00:00:00 EST 2015

Dad and Dave's

Vegan corn fritters at  Dad & Dave's, Yarraville.

There's a strong vegan strand to the menu at this homespun cafe.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Jun 21 00:00:00 EST 2015

Omni restaurant review: Obvious pride but some dishes less than exciting


Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Jun 14 00:15:00 EST 2015


Cinnamon-dusted churros at Omni.

This locally beloved Essendon bistro is a bit hit and miss.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Jun 14 00:00:00 EST 2015

O.MY, it's a geeky family treat

O.MY delivers much more than the kind of meal you might expect on Melbourne's fringe.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Jun 07 00:15:00 EST 2015


Seductive: Sweet potato poached in duck fat at O.MY.

Fringe-dwelling restaurant's degustation menu is inspired, surprising and incredibly good value.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Jun 07 00:00:00 EST 2015

Chef Curtis Stone, more than just a cardboard cut-out

Curtis Stone at Purple Peanuts in Melbourne.

He's got the TV shows and the LA lifestyle but there's more to Curtis Stone than his life-size supermarket avatars suggest.

Food News | Dani Valent | Tue Jun 02 00:15:00 EST 2015

Five Points Deli

Five Points Deli.

Food that's too big to fit in your mouth? Well that's OK, when it's as good as a Five Points Reuben.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Mon Jun 01 15:12:01 EST 2015

Woodland House

A serene mansion with an accomplished menu, driven equally by tradition and flights of fancy.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Mon May 25 12:43:17 EST 2015

Arbory Bar & Eatery

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 01:  The double cheeseburger served at  Arbory Bar and Eatery on the Yarra River on May 1, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Wayne Taylor/Fairfax Media)

A cosy outdoor restaurant-bar that caters for everyone.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Wed May 20 10:11:45 EST 2015

Cutler & Co

The chocolate ricotta cake served at  Cutler & Co. in Fitzroy on April 30, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.

You can't beat watching a crack team at work - and these chefs work hard to produce art you can eat.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Mon May 11 13:40:06 EST 2015

Delhi Streets

Traditional meets contemporary at Melbourne restaurant Delhi Streets.

Delhi Streets boasts classics and some rebadged Indian staples.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Mon May 04 13:39:22 EST 2015


Raise your glasses - Donovans is back to its winning ways after fire forced its closure last year.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Apr 26 00:00:00 EST 2015

Glovers Station

Elegant: Grilled chicken waldorf salad at Glovers Station.

This former auto workshop brings excellent coffee and delicious food to a neighbourhood in need.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Apr 19 00:00:00 EST 2015


The sardine pizza at Ovest.

Artisan pizza deprivation was evidently a big issue around these parts.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Apr 12 00:00:00 EST 2015