Good Food - Dani Valent

Dani Valent

Food writer and restaurant reviewer

White Oaks Saloon Bar and Dining

Texas caviar salad

White Oaks is a fond butter-on-the-lens recreation of a saloon with an exuberant approach to spirits and keen southern and Tex-Mex snacks for ballast.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Mon Jan 26 09:56:41 EST 2015


Cumin pork ribs

Nostalgia and modern sensibilities combine to produce an exciting restaurant.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Mon Jan 19 11:58:49 EST 2015

Jardin Tan

Fish skewers on lemongrass spears.

Can the refashioned Royal Botanic Gardens' Observatory Cafe please all the people all of the time?

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Jan 11 00:00:00 EST 2015

Forest Green

Fried duck eggs

Thought, skill and quality produce are the watchwords of this innovative Armadale cafe-restaurant staffed by a fine-dining crew.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Mon Jan 05 15:02:46 EST 2015

Pure South

Pavlova at Pure South, Southbank.

Whether you're treating yourself or bringing sightseers, you'll enjoy Melbourne hospitality with a bonus gastronomic trip to the apple isle.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Mon Dec 29 13:39:16 EST 2014

Grand Trailer Park Taverna

The Atomic Burger at Grand Trailer Park Taverna.

This new burger joint is all about having fun with with beef, brioche and booze.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Mon Dec 15 10:04:40 EST 2014


If you want a meal that makes you think, "Gee, what a good meal," then Squisito has it covered.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Mon Dec 08 08:55:23 EST 2014


Colour-coordinated: Zucchini, kiwi, mint and broad bean salad.

Toorak's Townhouse cafe serves excellent cold drip coffee and classy dishes.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Mon Dec 01 08:34:36 EST 2014


Marinated tofu and vegetable stir-fry.

The vibes are good and the vegetarian food is filling at this relaxed old factory space near St Kilda Town Hall.

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


Twice-cooked chicken wings at Sezar.

Middle Eastern cuisine meets eastern Europe and the funky food culture of Melbourne at this laneway eatery.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Mon Nov 17 08:00:22 EST 2014


Grilled sujuk with fried egg at MezMez.

Amin Elmenawi's new cafe ticks all the Melbourne musts.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Mon Nov 10 09:09:22 EST 2014


Sage gnocchi, pumpkin and labna.

This Red Hill property ticks all the boxes for a perfect weekend away.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Mon Nov 03 09:15:28 EST 2014

The Baker's Wife

Grain salad at The Baker's Wife.

It's not just flour and sugar at this impressive, energetic bakery and cafe in the eastern 'burbs.

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


Army stew at  Arisoo.

Arisoo adapts army day fare to delicacy for diners.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Mon Oct 20 07:24:59 EST 2014

Eureka 89

Roasted potato stuffed with taleggio custard

Bring your appetite. There's just one way to dine here - the pay-ahead degustation dinner.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Tue Oct 14 07:48:00 EST 2014

The Guilty Moose

Jazzy Asian-influenced dishes excite the morning palate.

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


Salmon, onions and fennel

Elyros finds a logical balance between importing the flavours of Crete and honouring the cuisine with Australian ingredients.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Tue Oct 07 08:01:03 EST 2014

Ike's Rack Shack at The Beaufort

Ike's Rack Shack at The Beaufort.

Theming a restaurant is dangerous: it's easy to tip into try-hard kitsch. But Ike's Rack Shack does it right, recreating a Texan barbecue joint with wry humour.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Mon Oct 06 11:29:01 EST 2014

Morris Jones & Co

Violet crumble dessert at Morris Jones.

Morris Jones does – or at least can – deliver good food, wine and service but it doesn’t quite feel coherent.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Tue Sep 30 07:27:58 EST 2014

Las Tapas

Chorizo at Las Tapas.

Las Tapas, a cheerful place for Spanish snacks, opened in Balaclava last summer. It's small, unfussy and fun.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Mon Sep 29 10:15:31 EST 2014