Good Food - Dani Valent

Dani Valent

Food writer and restaurant reviewer

Masani

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

Ayatana

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

Tonka

Ginger beer cake at Tonka.

The menu features curries and tandoor but it's far from your standard suburban Indian fare.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Jul 13 00:00:00 EST 2014

Combi

Party in a jar: Layered chia parfait.

If you want your consumables activated, fermented, sprouted, gluten-free, dairy-free or raw, Combi has you sorted.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Jul 06 00:00:00 EST 2014

The Last Jar

Dublin coddle stew features house-made bacon and sausages.

Authentic and welcoming, this cosy Irish pub is not a shamrock-infested sham.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Jun 29 00:00:00 EST 2014

Panama Dining Room

For a fresh perspective on our megalopolis head to Fitzroy's Panama Dining Room.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Jun 22 00:00:00 EST 2014

Ras Dashen

Feeling foreign in your own city is a gift and this restaurant dishes up a warm glow created by good will and great flavours.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Mon Jun 09 11:55:41 EST 2014

Lighten up: Winter comfort foods without the stodge

Lentils, beetroot, apple salad with grilled salmon.

Winter need not be about adding layers. It is possible to eat delicious, comforting food and be healthy at the same time.

Cook | Dani Valent | Tue Jun 03 03:00:00 EST 2014

Savoy Tavern

A lamb roll topped with peas, radish and mint.

There are skanky old pubs, tricked-up gastropubs and, somewhere in between, there's the Savoy Tavern.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Jun 01 00:00:00 EST 2014

Kids in the kitchen

Ella Mooney in the Stephanie Alexander garden at her school.

Contrary to popular opinion, plenty of children are getting hands-on with preparing and cooking food.

Cook | Dani Valent | Tue May 27 03:00:00 EST 2014

Bar Sur Loup

Waffles with strawberries and Belgian couverture chocolate.

Named after a Provence village, this charming cafe is a selective recollection of France's most delightful creations.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun May 25 00:00:00 EST 2014