Here’s another perk to add to the ever-growing list of reasons to join Broadsheet Access: every month, we will be giving members the chance to dine large at one of Melbourne’s best restaurants.

If you’re not familiar with Access, it’s exactly what it sounds like: a membership program that gives you access to the best of Melbourne all year round. That includes invites to restaurant preview nights, members-only table bookings, free event tickets, exclusive giveaways, and discounts on experiences, fashion brands, homewares and more. And now, the chance to win a $500 voucher to one of the city’s top restaurants – with a different eatery chosen by our editors every month.

It all kicks off this month, starting with Scott Pickett’s fire-and-smoke-powered restaurant, Matilda. A culinary tribute to Australia, the bold South Yarra diner is renowned for experimenting with native ingredients. Each dish takes classic flavours and merges them with a distinctly Australian vernacular, such as cubes of tender kangaroo tartare scooped up with buckwheat crisps, or spanner crab dressed in zingy crème fraîche.

Because firsts are always special, Matilda has thrown in a night’s stay at top Melbourne hotel United Places Botanic Gardens. Just upstairs from the restaurant, the 12-suite boutique hotel is highly refined, sustainable and expertly designed. Expect a minimalist suite, with kitchens, recessed terraces and motorised velvet drapes, and breakfast from Matilda.

If you’re already wondering which restaurant we’ve chosen for October, here’s a hint: it’s one of the CBD’s most iconic spots, championing classic Middle Eastern flavours with a contemporary twist.

For your chance to win this month’s prize, join Access and enter your details here before October 2, 2023.