Dani Valent

Dani Valent

Food writer and restaurant reviewer

Easey's burgers

Frosties fried chicken and a deep-fried Pop Tart at Easey's.

Hip-hop, graffiti and stunningly unhealthy food are the heroes at this rooftop burger joint.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Mon Nov 23 10:06:33 EST 2015

Northcote Social Club

Chicken parmigiana at Northcote Social Club.

Jalapenos, chipotle chilli and smoked paprika don't magically make average food awesome.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Mon Nov 16 10:46:57 EST 2015

Sun Moth

Eggplant parmigiana at Sun Moth.

Hidden laneway canteen covers morning coffees to knock-off drinks.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Mon Nov 09 11:35:22 EST 2015

House of Hoi An

Beef satay rice paper rolls at House of Hoi An.

House of Hoi An is not your typical pho joint.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Mon Nov 02 09:11:37 EST 2015

Welcome to Thornbury

Mac and cheese, pulled pork, caramelised onion and cheddar toastie from Toasta.

Permanent food truck park delivers van-eating upside without most of the messy downside.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Oct 25 00:00:00 EST 2015

Magic Mountain Saloon

Crepe cake layered with tea-flavoured cream at Magic Mountain Saloon.

All-day Thai diner serves everything from cocktails to crepe cake.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Mon Oct 19 09:28:12 EST 2015

North & Eight

'Northella Houseshake' at North & Eight in Essendon.

Melbourne is in the midst of a breakfast menu smackdown.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Mon Oct 12 00:00:00 EST 2015

Like Minded Projects

Even if you're not on a #cleaneating hashtag jag, there's plenty to like at this small food court.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Oct 04 00:00:00 EST 2015

Trattoria Emilia

Secret recipe: Tagliatelle alla Bolgnese at Trattoria Emilia.

The reinvented Gills Diner is an all-day celebration of Emilia Romagna, in north-eastern Italy.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Sep 27 00:00:00 EST 2015

The Age Good Food Guide 2016: Dishes that changed Melbourne

Margherita pizza at I Carusi.

Certain delights have taken eating in this city to new heights.

Good Food Guide | Dani Valent | Tue Sep 22 00:15:00 EST 2015

The Graham

If expensive consultants brainstormed to create the perfect neighbourhood restaurant, they'd come up with something like this.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Sep 20 00:00:00 EST 2015


The meat platter at Vanilla.

This glossy Greek restaurant has its own paparazzi.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Sep 13 00:00:00 EST 2015

Shanghai Street

Xiao long bao served at Shanghai Street.

A large part of this dumpling restaurant's fame rests on their freshly made xiao long bao.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Sep 06 00:00:00 EST 2015

Masons of Bendigo

Masons does a lovely job of showcasing central Victoria's bounty.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Aug 30 00:00:00 EST 2015

25 Toorak Road and Les Jardins

A quivering lemon souffle hits the spot at 25 Toorak Road.

This old-fashioned French restaurant is an elegant, adult place to dine.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Aug 23 00:00:00 EST 2015

Stray Neighbour

Pork belly, white bean puree and red cabbage at Stray Neighbour in Preston.

This optimistic bar and restaurant will unpick any lurking jibes about not-hip-enough 'Depreston'.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Aug 16 00:00:00 EST 2015

How to eat out: Hot tips from LA food critic Jonathan Gold

Jonathan Gold began writing about food for the <i>LA Weekly</i> in 1984.

There's no pathway to becoming a restaurant critic but if you were to build one, you probably wouldn't think of reconstructing Jonathan Gold's life.

Good Food | Dani Valent | Tue Aug 11 10:00:00 EST 2015

L'Altro Mondo

This neighbourhood restaurant subtly combines Asian elements with bedrock Italian dishes.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Aug 09 00:00:00 EST 2015

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