Good Food - Dani Valent

Dani Valent

Food writer and restaurant reviewer


Army stew at  Arisoo.

Arisoo adapts army day fare to delicacy for diners.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Mon Oct 20 07:24:59 EST 2014

Eureka 89

Roasted potato stuffed with taleggio custard

Bring your appetite. There's just one way to dine here - the pay-ahead degustation dinner.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Tue Oct 14 07:48:00 EST 2014

The Guilty Moose

Jazzy Asian-influenced dishes excite the morning palate.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Oct 12 00:00:00 EST 2014


Salmon, onions and fennel

Elyros finds a logical balance between importing the flavours of Crete and honouring the cuisine with Australian ingredients.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Tue Oct 07 08:01:03 EST 2014

Ike's Rack Shack at The Beaufort

Ike's Rack Shack at The Beaufort.

Theming a restaurant is dangerous: it's easy to tip into try-hard kitsch. But Ike's Rack Shack does it right, recreating a Texan barbecue joint with wry humour.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Mon Oct 06 11:29:01 EST 2014

Morris Jones & Co

Violet crumble dessert at Morris Jones.

Morris Jones does – or at least can – deliver good food, wine and service but it doesn’t quite feel coherent.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Tue Sep 30 07:27:58 EST 2014

Las Tapas

Las Tapas, a cheerful place for Spanish snacks, opened in Balaclava last summer. It's small, unfussy and fun.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Mon Sep 29 10:15:31 EST 2014

Yotam Ottolenghi's cooking tips and kitchen wisdom

Sweet potato and fig salad from  Jerusalem.

He is the culinary equivalent of Beyonce. He's an author, TV host, and if you cook, you've tried one of his recipes.

Good Food Month | Dani Valent | Tue Sep 23 00:00:00 EST 2014


Mushroom 65 dosa dish.

The number 65 appears repeatedly on the lengthy subcontinental menu at modest, warm-hearted Vanakkam.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Sep 21 00:00:00 EST 2014


Seafood Spaghettini.

This long-time Carlton favourite is the perfect setting for a classic Italian feast.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Tue Sep 16 08:01:11 EST 2014

Dainty Sichuan Noodle Express

Spicy noodles

With its simple yet tasty Szechuan dishes, this shopping centre noodle eatery exerts a homing-pigeon attraction for hungry shoppers.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Mon Sep 15 10:53:23 EST 2014

Daniel Son

The 'Inglorious Bastard' panini at Daniel Son.

Bustling cafe Daniel Son applies the calm focus of its Karate Kid namesake.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Sep 07 00:00:00 EST 2014

Lucy Liu

Sticky pork belly at Lucy Liu.

Lucy Liu reimagines the old PM24 into a genre-hopping pan-Asian eatery.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Aug 31 00:00:00 EST 2014

The Age Good Food Guide 2015: dishes of the year

Frozen kangaroo at Mister Jennings.

Necessarily personal, fairly subjective and arrived at after some epic(urean) arm-wrestling, these are the Good Food Guide team's dishes of the year.

Good Food Guide | Dani Valent | Tue Aug 26 03:00:00 EST 2014

Northern Git

Steak is served in 100-gram increments.

Yorkshireman Michael Slade is a meat-lover, but there's big love for vegetables too.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Aug 24 00:00:00 EST 2014

Prix Fixe

'A Winter Picnic' dish at Prix Fixe features gin and cucumber sandwiches.

The price may be fixed but the experience is fun, free-wheeling and fabulous.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Aug 17 00:00:00 EST 2014

Mister Jennings

The frozen kangaroo is an instant signature dish.

Ryan Flaherty's first solo venture feels like a chef’s restaurant but there's equal consideration for diner desires.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Aug 10 00:00:00 EST 2014


Generous and balanced: Lamb shank massaman curry.

Ayatana's lamb shank massaman curry is outstanding, with its beguiling spices and head-of-a-pin balance.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Aug 03 00:00:00 EST 2014

Town Hall Hotel

Extremely luxurious: Truffle risotto.

It's hard to describe the taste of truffles but when they're good there's a potent swooniness to them.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Jul 27 00:00:00 EST 2014

Hello Sailor

The brioche bun breakfast burger.

There be delicious breakfasts in these bright and welcoming waters.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Jul 20 00:00:00 EST 2014