Dani Valent

Dani Valent

Food writer and restaurant reviewer

Like Minded Projects

Even if you're not on a #cleaneating hashtag jag, there's plenty to like at this small food court.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Oct 04 00:00:00 EST 2015

Trattoria Emilia

Secret recipe: Tagliatelle alla Bolgnese at Trattoria Emilia.

The reinvented Gills Diner is an all-day celebration of Emilia Romagna, in north-eastern Italy.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Sep 27 00:00:00 EST 2015

The Graham

If expensive consultants brainstormed to create the perfect neighbourhood restaurant, they'd come up with something like this.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Sep 20 00:00:00 EST 2015


The meat platter at Vanilla.

This glossy Greek restaurant has its own paparazzi.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Sep 13 00:00:00 EST 2015

Shanghai Street

Xiao long bao served at Shanghai Street.

A large part of this dumpling restaurant's fame rests on their freshly made xiao long bao.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Sep 06 00:00:00 EST 2015

Masons of Bendigo

Masons does a lovely job of showcasing central Victoria's bounty.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Aug 30 00:00:00 EST 2015

25 Toorak Road and Les Jardins

A quivering lemon souffle hits the spot at 25 Toorak Road.

This old-fashioned French restaurant is an elegant, adult place to dine.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Aug 23 00:00:00 EST 2015

Stray Neighbour

Pork belly, white bean puree and red cabbage at Stray Neighbour in Preston.

This optimistic bar and restaurant will unpick any lurking jibes about not-hip-enough 'Depreston'.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Aug 16 00:00:00 EST 2015

L'Altro Mondo

This neighbourhood restaurant subtly combines Asian elements with bedrock Italian dishes.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Aug 09 00:00:00 EST 2015

Neon Tiger

Pappardelle with roasted cauliflower peas and gorgonzola at Neon Tiger.

Everything feels good at this friendly, clever cafe.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Aug 02 00:00:00 EST 2015

Thaiger Rabbit

Yum sam grop salad with shards of deep-fried fish skin and tangy tamarind and chilli dressing.

Victoria Street mainstay Ying Thai is relocated and reinvented as cool, fun Thaiger Rabbit.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Mon Jul 27 09:15:30 EST 2015

Shyun Ramen

Tonkotsu gekikara at Shyun Ramen.

A good broth will act as a culinary hug to prod you towards health. Does this ramen pass the soup test?

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Jul 19 00:00:00 EST 2015

Bistro Guillaume

Riverside bistro ticks the classic French boxes without doodling all over the page.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Jul 12 00:00:00 EST 2015

Steak Ministry

The 'amazing famous bomb' dessert.

I'm not sure how much of a celebrity the 'amazing famous bomb' is, but it's definitely a show-stopper.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Jul 05 00:00:00 EST 2015

Serotonin Dealer

This is not just a cafe, it's a 'happiness educational institution'.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Jun 28 00:00:00 EST 2015

Dad and Dave's

Vegan corn fritters at  Dad & Dave's, Yarraville.

There's a strong vegan strand to the menu at this homespun cafe.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Jun 21 00:00:00 EST 2015

Omni restaurant review: Obvious pride but some dishes less than exciting


Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Jun 14 00:15:00 EST 2015


Cinnamon-dusted churros at Omni.

This locally beloved Essendon bistro is a bit hit and miss.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Jun 14 00:00:00 EST 2015

O.MY, it's a geeky family treat

O.MY delivers much more than the kind of meal you might expect on Melbourne's fringe.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Jun 07 00:15:00 EST 2015


Seductive: Sweet potato poached in duck fat at O.MY.

Fringe-dwelling restaurant's degustation menu is inspired, surprising and incredibly good value.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Jun 07 00:00:00 EST 2015