Good Food - Dani Valent

Dani Valent

Food writer and restaurant reviewer


Marinated tofu and vegetable stir-fry.

The vibes are good and the vegetarian food is filling at this relaxed old factory space near St Kilda Town Hall.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Nov 23 00:00:00 EST 2014


Twice-cooked chicken wings at Sezar.

Middle Eastern cuisine meets eastern Europe and the funky food culture of Melbourne at this laneway eatery.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Mon Nov 17 08:00:22 EST 2014


Grilled sujuk with fried egg at MezMez.

Amin Elmenawi's new cafe ticks all the Melbourne musts.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Mon Nov 10 09:09:22 EST 2014


Sage gnocchi, pumpkin and labna.

This Red Hill property ticks all the boxes for a perfect weekend away.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Mon Nov 03 09:15:28 EST 2014

Pastry whiz Shaun Quade plans South Melbourne fine diner

Swimming against the casual eating tide, two chefs plan to open a fine dining restaurant in South Melbourne.

Food News | Dani Valent | Thu Oct 30 14:28:13 EST 2014

The Baker's Wife

Grain salad at The Baker's Wife.

It's not just flour and sugar at this impressive, energetic bakery and cafe in the eastern 'burbs.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Oct 26 00:00:00 EST 2014


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