Dani Valent

Dani Valent

Food writer and restaurant reviewer


Walnut and potato dumplings at Mankoushe in Melbourne.

Expand your dumpling horizons with these plump potato and walnut parcels.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Mon May 02 10:48:14 EST 2016


Linguini carbonara with 'nduja and radicchio at Lupino.

Italian-but-oh-so-Melbourne, this wily little restaurant is welcoming, rigorous and high-spirited.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Mon Apr 25 10:03:18 EST 2016

Our Kitchenette

Pear and frangipane tart at Our Kitchenette in Hawthorn.

Heartfelt rather than hip, this Hawthorn cafe feels like sitting in a friend's farmhouse while she potters away at the stove.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Mon Apr 18 11:41:28 EST 2016

Lawyers, Guns and Money

Chongqing chicken at Lawyers, Guns and Money in Melbourne.

Lee Ho Fook's canteen sibling serves Chinese breakfasts for the suits-and-heels crowd.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Mon Apr 11 09:52:50 EST 2016

Puerto Tapas Vino

Beef cheeks at Puerto.

Serving really good Spanish food, smack on the water, Puerto in Patterson Lakes is an unexpected treat.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Mon Apr 04 10:33:01 EST 2016

Three Monkeys Place

The bircher muesli served at  Three Monkeys Place.

Did you know that photographing your food makes it taste better? Here's proof.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Mon Mar 28 13:06:46 EST 2016

Dinner by Heston

Rump steak and triple-cooked chips at Dinner by Heston.

Melbourne restaurant serves steak and chips, Heston-style.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Mon Mar 21 09:57:57 EST 2016

Char Dining

Rump steak at Char Dining in Balwyn.

This suburban steakhouse does everything right, from sourcing to saucing.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Tue Mar 15 09:27:41 EST 2016

Smith and Singleton

Downplaying its hospital location, Smith and Singleton acts like a neighbourhood destination.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Mon Mar 07 09:00:43 EST 2016

Caterina's Cucina and Bar

Vitello tonnato at Caterina's Cucina.

Caterina's makes a persuasive case that long lunches are a must.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Mon Feb 29 11:51:49 EST 2016

Hampton Wine Co

Trout with lemon at Hampton Wine Co.

This smart little wine bar sweeps in to slake the bayside suburb's thirst.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Mon Feb 22 10:15:04 EST 2016

The Beatt

Rice paper rolls filled with spinach and coconut pancake and quinoa.

This quinoa rice paper roll sounds holy health freak, but it's actually fresh, crunchy and balanced.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Mon Feb 15 09:39:32 EST 2016

Stavros Tavern

Stavros Tavern's old-school menu ticks off saganaki, souvlaki and spanakopita.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Mon Feb 08 11:58:34 EST 2016


Anju's big Korean flavours marry well with alcohol. Kick back with a beer tower and share-friendly snacks.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Mon Feb 01 13:25:25 EST 2016

Copper Pot

Copper Pot's menu is a pan-European melting pot.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Wed Jan 27 16:08:46 EST 2016

Kiosk d'Asporto

Brioche with gelato.

This new Williamstown Beach takeaway joint serves Italian snacks from gelati to panini.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Mon Jan 25 15:46:59 EST 2016


Rainbow inside-out roll at Tetsujin.

Dani Valent jumps aboard Emporium Melbourne's new sushi train.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Mon Jan 18 09:47:26 EST 2016

The Craft & Co

Charcuterie and cheese platter at Craft & Co in Collingwood.

This Collingwood newcomer combines a cafe, restaurant, coffee roastery, beer brewery, spirit still, wine store, meat curing depot, cheesery and DIY shop.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Mon Jan 04 15:29:47 EST 2016

Las Chicas

A recent renovation has sparked a new golden age at this Balaclava brunch stalwart.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Tue Dec 29 11:52:34 EST 2015

Ichi Ni Nana

Stop wondering where you'll be hanging out this summer. It's here.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Mon Dec 21 11:05:18 EST 2015