Good Food - Dani Valent

Dani Valent

Food writer and restaurant reviewer


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

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


Mushroom 65 dosa dish.

The number 65 appears repeatedly on the lengthy subcontinental menu at modest, warm-hearted Vanakkam.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Sep 21 00:00:00 EST 2014


Seafood Spaghettini.

This long-time Carlton favourite is the perfect setting for a classic Italian feast.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Tue Sep 16 08:01:11 EST 2014

Dainty Sichuan Noodle Express

Spicy noodles

With its simple yet tasty Szechuan dishes, this shopping centre noodle eatery exerts a homing-pigeon attraction for hungry shoppers.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Mon Sep 15 10:53:23 EST 2014

Daniel Son

The 'Inglorious Bastard' panini at Daniel Son.

Bustling cafe Daniel Son applies the calm focus of its Karate Kid namesake.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Sep 07 00:00:00 EST 2014

Lucy Liu

Sticky pork belly at Lucy Liu.

Lucy Liu reimagines the old PM24 into a genre-hopping pan-Asian eatery.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Aug 31 00:00:00 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


Generous and balanced: Lamb shank massaman curry.

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


Ginger beer cake at Tonka.

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