Good Food - Dani Valent

Dani Valent

Food writer and restaurant reviewer


Pumpkin mochi cakes with sake and soy dressing.

Just about every shopping strip has a Japanese restaurant but few are as welcoming, versatile and delectable as Komeyui.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Apr 20 00:00:00 EST 2014


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