Dani Valent

Dani Valent

Food writer and restaurant reviewer

White Mojo

Soft-shell crab croissant burger at White Mojo cafe in Melbourne.

White Mojo's photogenic #foodporn menu encourages Olympic standard foodie FOMO (fear of missing out).

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Mon May 23 10:17:36 EST 2016

Uncommon

This health-conscious cafe serves tasty mung bean fritters, and cold drip coffee in a coconut.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Tue May 17 09:07:03 EST 2016

Nora

Signature dish: 'Daft Punk is playing in my mouth' mackerel with chilli granita.

Nora is the restaurant as trust game, the culinary equivalent of closing your eyes and leaning back into space.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Mon May 09 14:47:07 EST 2016

Mankoushe

Walnut and potato dumplings at Mankoushe in Melbourne.

Expand your dumpling horizons with these plump potato and walnut parcels.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Mon May 02 10:48:14 EST 2016

Lupino

Linguini carbonara with 'nduja and radicchio at Lupino.

Italian-but-oh-so-Melbourne, this wily little restaurant is welcoming, rigorous and high-spirited.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Mon Apr 25 10:03:18 EST 2016

Our Kitchenette

Pear and frangipane tart at Our Kitchenette in Hawthorn.

Heartfelt rather than hip, this Hawthorn cafe feels like sitting in a friend's farmhouse while she potters away at the stove.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Mon Apr 18 11:41:28 EST 2016

Lawyers, Guns and Money

Chongqing chicken at Lawyers, Guns and Money in Melbourne.

Lee Ho Fook's canteen sibling serves Chinese breakfasts for the suits-and-heels crowd.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Mon Apr 11 09:52:50 EST 2016

Ten steps towards greener cooking and eating

Fruit and vegetable basket.

Tips and recipes to help save the world one bite at a time.

Cook | Dani Valent | Tue Apr 05 00:00:00 EST 2016

Ten steps towards greener cooking and eating

Eat cheap and plentiful vegies.

You can help to save the world one bite at a time.

Cook | Dani Valent | Mon Apr 04 14:34:31 EST 2016

Eco-friendly recipes

Calamari is a more sustainable seafood choice.

Go green with these calamari with herb crumb and millet and beetroot pilaf recipes.

Cook | Dani Valent | Mon Apr 04 14:21:35 EST 2016

Puerto Tapas Vino

Beef cheeks at Puerto.

Serving really good Spanish food, smack on the water, Puerto in Patterson Lakes is an unexpected treat.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Mon Apr 04 10:33:01 EST 2016

Mixing it up: Thermomix myths busted

Thermomix.

More than 300,000 Australians own Thermomixes, the German-made food processor-slash-cooking machine with a big reputation and price tag to match.

Cook | Dani Valent | Tue Mar 29 07:00:00 EST 2016

Thermomix plum syrup cake

Thermomix recipe: Plum syrup swirl cake.

Not too sweet, and with wholesome almonds, this moist cake is a cinch in the Thermomix and makes the most of seasonal plums.

Cook | Dani Valent | Mon Mar 28 15:41:45 EST 2016

Steamed fish with quinoa, spinach and basil (for Thermomix)

This healthy, tasty, gluten-free dinner is so easy in the Thermomix, using the steamer basket and Varoma steaming compartment to create a layered complete meal.

Cook | Dani Valent | Mon Mar 28 15:41:48 EST 2016

Three Monkeys Place

The bircher muesli served at  Three Monkeys Place.

Did you know that photographing your food makes it taste better? Here's proof.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Mon Mar 28 13:06:46 EST 2016

Dinner by Heston

Rump steak and triple-cooked chips at Dinner by Heston.

Melbourne restaurant serves steak and chips, Heston-style.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Mon Mar 21 09:57:57 EST 2016

Char Dining

Rump steak at Char Dining in Balwyn.

This suburban steakhouse does everything right, from sourcing to saucing.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Tue Mar 15 09:27:41 EST 2016

Smith and Singleton

Downplaying its hospital location, Smith and Singleton acts like a neighbourhood destination.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Mon Mar 07 09:00:43 EST 2016

Caterina's Cucina and Bar

Vitello tonnato at Caterina's Cucina.

Caterina's makes a persuasive case that long lunches are a must.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Mon Feb 29 11:51:49 EST 2016

Hampton Wine Co

Trout with lemon at Hampton Wine Co.

This smart little wine bar sweeps in to slake the bayside suburb's thirst.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Mon Feb 22 10:15:04 EST 2016