Good Food - Dani Valent

Dani Valent

Food writer and restaurant reviewer


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

The Last Jar

Dublin coddle stew features house-made bacon and sausages.

Authentic and welcoming, this cosy Irish pub is not a shamrock-infested sham.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Jun 29 00:00:00 EST 2014

Panama Dining Room

For a fresh perspective on our megalopolis head to Fitzroy's Panama Dining Room.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Jun 22 00:00:00 EST 2014

Ras Dashen

Feeling foreign in your own city is a gift and this restaurant dishes up a warm glow created by good will and great flavours.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Mon Jun 09 11:55:41 EST 2014

Savoy Tavern

A lamb roll topped with peas, radish and mint.

There are skanky old pubs, tricked-up gastropubs and, somewhere in between, there's the Savoy Tavern.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun Jun 01 00:00:00 EST 2014

Bar Sur Loup

Waffles with strawberries and Belgian couverture chocolate.

Named after a Provence village, this charming cafe is a selective recollection of France's most delightful creations.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun May 25 00:00:00 EST 2014

The More The Better

Sizzling: Bibimbap with spicy chicken.

With a fun mix of classic dishes and fast-food fusion, this Korean restaurant is unusual, willing and oh-so-filling.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun May 18 00:00:00 EST 2014

Caffe e Cucina

Caffe e Cucina has won many Melbourne hearts in its proud history but the food needs to improve to keep the love alive.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Mon May 12 06:48:58 EST 2014

Nieuw Amsterdam

Lunch: Beef brisket barbecue meat tray.

There's a good chance you'll stumble into a fragrant, smoky fug inside this New York-styled bar and restaurant.

Eat Out | Dani Valent | Sun May 04 00:00:00 EST 2014