Good Food - Dani Valent

Dani Valent

Food writer and restaurant reviewer


The seafood tasting plate.

Melbourne's mature and satisfying restaurant culture needs buzzy newies, but it also needs glamorous restaurants like Matteo's.

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

Ripponlea Food and Wine

The food is comfortable but engaging at this welcoming local all day diner.

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


Make sure you save room for the macarons.

LuxBite is deservedly beloved for its East-meets-West macarons, but should also be celebrated for its Malaysian-style brunches.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Mar 30 00:00:00 EST 2014

Lee Ho Fook

The lo-fi look and unassuming menu belie the thoughtful, geeky action in the kitchen.

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


This luxurious restaurant is Neil Perry's ode to an Italy of the heart, suffused with romance and sophistication.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Mon Mar 17 08:38:18 EST 2014

Xuan Banh Cuon

Xuan Banh Cuon

Among all the multi-culti yum in Sunshine, a tasty little northern Vietnamese venue is thriving.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Mar 09 00:00:00 EST 2014


Spatchcock with corn fritter, asparagus and braised radicchio.

This easygoing all-day diner serves up reliable Italian classics.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Mar 02 00:00:00 EST 2014

Mensousai Mugen

There are many pleasures at this a new 'Japas' (Japanese tapas) and ramen restaurant.

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

Sookie La La

Coconut silk sorbet with berry-lime sauce, coconut and pistachios.

Authenticity plays second fiddle to awesomeness at Sookie La La, and that's just as it should be.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Feb 16 00:00:00 EST 2014

Mossgreen Tearooms

Mossgreen Tearooms.

It's remarkably pleasant to hang out in the 2014 version of 1920.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Feb 09 00:00:00 EST 2014

Sebastian's Food and Wine

Haloumi and wild rice salad.

With a menu that reads like a Greatest Hits, this neighbourhood institution is confident, easygoing and reliable.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Feb 02 00:00:00 EST 2014


This Brunswick cafe has many recipes for transforming punishing 40-degree blasts into pleasant rays of sunshine.

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

Jinda Thai

Unexpected delights: Beef boat noodles.

The happy surprises keep rolling at Jinda Thai, as Dani Valent swoons her way to the bottom of a bowl of boat noodles.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Jan 19 00:00:00 EST 2014

Church Street Enoteca

Church Street Enoteca.

This clever, consistent 12-year-old restaurant serves Italian food with a modern-Australian approach.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Jan 12 00:00:00 EST 2014

Jimmy Watson's

Jimmy Watson's Wine Bar.

This stalwart still deserves a place in drinkers' hearts, not least because it focuses on wining well at moderate prices.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Mon Jan 06 09:44:00 EST 2014

The Counting House

Dani Valent sits on a lovely terrace for a spritz, a steak sanger and a side order of endless summer.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Dec 29 00:00:00 EST 2013


House-made salmon gravlax.

A good pub meal makes life better, turns hearts fond, eyes bright and generally helps the earth spin at a jauntier angle.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Dec 22 00:00:00 EST 2013


Chargrilled cos lettuce with walnuts and onion crisps.

Bayte means home in Lebanese and I don't think there's anything more homely than the doona-esque flatbread.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Dec 15 00:00:00 EST 2013

Brighton Schoolhouse

Classy: Activated nut porridge with raspberries and organic yoghurt.

Detention at this schoolhouse would be no punishment at all.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Dec 08 00:00:00 EST 2013

Tommy Ruff

Globetrotting: Moroccan fish with rice and vegetables.

Roll up to Elsternwick this summer for a fresh take on fish 'n' chips, minus the grease.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Dec 01 09:25:35 EST 2013