Good Food - Dani Valent

Dani Valent

Food writer and restaurant reviewer

Il Bacaro

The roasted duck breast at Il Bacaro.

To understand the restaurant as mood piece, you couldn't do better than to lose a few hours at Il Bacaro.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Mar 01 00:00:00 EST 2015

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival 2015 preview

St Crispin and Friends pop-up.

There are more than 200 mouth-watering events at the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival – we hand-pick a few goodies for your gastronomy needs.

Food News | Dani Valent | Sun Feb 22 00:15:00 EST 2015

The Fat Duck

Beach interlude: Sound of the sea is a Blumenthal signature.

There are two questions people ask about a meal at the Fat Duck. Was it amazing? And was it worth it? Yes and yes.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Feb 22 00:00:00 EST 2015

The Colonel's Son

This bayside cafe's Detox Board is a ginormous antidote to a massive night.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Feb 15 00:00:00 EST 2015

Chef Nicolas Poelaert leaves Brooks of Melbourne

An apparent case of artistic differences between Nicolas Poelaert and Brooks manager Bryan Lloyd has seen the chef move on from the Melbourne restaurant.

Food News | Dani Valent | Wed Feb 11 13:08:28 EST 2015

Dekoboko

Shaved ice mountain with mango and passion milk.

Dekoboko brings a new style of Japanese restaurant to Melbourne.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Feb 08 00:00:00 EST 2015

Marquis of Lorne

Chicken schnitzel at Marquis of Lorne, Fitzroy.

A little pub in Fitzroy is starting to punch above its weight.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Feb 01 00:00:00 EST 2015

Granola bars

Eat the alphabet: Un-sandwiches.

This easy wheat-free slice is super tasty and full of good things. Don't send it all to school with the kids.

Cook | Dani Valent | Tue Jan 27 00:00:00 EST 2015

Jar smoothies

Very cold, icy smoothies last until lunchtime but I tend to make these jar smoothies as an after school treat if we're heading off in the car to an activity.

Cook | Dani Valent | Tue Jan 27 00:00:00 EST 2015

Un-sandwiches

Eat the alphabet: Un-sandwiches.

This is a basic bread recipe so feel free to add seeds or use wholemeal flour, as preferred.

Cook | Dani Valent | Tue Jan 27 00:00:00 EST 2015

Lunchbox lessons

Know your letters: Un-sandwiches.

Forgo foods with squish potential and focus on sturdy, nutritious offerings that will keep young brains humming.

Good Food | Dani Valent | Tue Jan 27 00:00:00 EST 2015

Back to school lunchbox ideas

Rolled omelettes.

Forgo foods with squish potential and focus on sturdy, nutritious offerings that will keep young brains humming.

Cook | Dani Valent | Tue Jan 27 00:00:00 EST 2015

Lunchbox advice from the front line

School children share their tips for packing a great lunch.

Cook | Dani Valent | Mon Jan 26 15:05:54 EST 2015

Sushi shapes

Sushi

When I first saw rice shapes like this (but much fancier), it was on an aspirational Pinterest board that should have been called something like "I'm a better parent than you so nerr".

Cook | Dani Valent | Mon Jan 26 15:03:51 EST 2015

Chicken lettuce cups

Chicken lettuce cups

This picnicky version of sang choy bau is healthy, crunchy and energising, not to mention gluten-free. This quantity will last two children for about three days.

Cook | Dani Valent | Mon Jan 26 15:03:56 EST 2015

Rolled omelettes

Omelet

I made these after a succession of rice-paper roll lunchbox failures. Rice paper starts off looking great but it's delicate and the cavalry reported that they fell apart, ripped or stuck together by...

Cook | Dani Valent | Mon Jan 26 14:55:16 EST 2015

White Oaks Saloon Bar and Dining

Texas caviar salad

White Oaks is a fond butter-on-the-lens recreation of a saloon with an exuberant approach to spirits and keen southern and Tex-Mex snacks for ballast.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Mon Jan 26 09:56:41 EST 2015

Ruyi

Cumin pork ribs

Nostalgia and modern sensibilities combine to produce an exciting restaurant.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Mon Jan 19 11:58:49 EST 2015

Jardin Tan

Fish skewers on lemongrass spears.

Can the refashioned Royal Botanic Gardens' Observatory Cafe please all the people all of the time?

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Jan 11 00:00:00 EST 2015

Forest Green

Fried duck eggs

Thought, skill and quality produce are the watchwords of this innovative Armadale cafe-restaurant staffed by a fine-dining crew.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Mon Jan 05 15:02:46 EST 2015