Good Food - Dani Valent

Dani Valent

Food writer and restaurant reviewer

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'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


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


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

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

The More The Better

Sizzling: Bibimbap with spicy chicken.

With a fun mix of classic dishes and fast-food fusion, this Korean restaurant is unusual, willing and oh-so-filling.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun May 18 00:00:00 EST 2014

Caffe e Cucina

Caffe e Cucina has won many Melbourne hearts in its proud history but the food needs to improve to keep the love alive.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Mon May 12 06:48:58 EST 2014

Nieuw Amsterdam

Lunch: Beef brisket barbecue meat tray.

There's a good chance you'll stumble into a fragrant, smoky fug inside this New York-styled bar and restaurant.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun May 04 00:00:00 EST 2014


It's a pleasure to feel the renewed buzz here and enjoy honest, confident Italian food.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Mon Apr 28 08:41:26 EST 2014