Over the past few years we've seen more and more of our favourite eateries adopt a no-reservations policy, and we love the way it's changing our dining experience for the better.

We find that 'waiting' is just an opportunity for something else to happen - whether it's an unhurried stroll along Flinders Lane, sharing a spontaneous cocktail or two, or simply making friends with strangers in the same line as you. And when we finally sit down to eat, we find that the anticipation itself has made us appreciate the experience all the more.

That said, what if for just for one night, you could skip the line and be shown straight to your table at your favourite Melbourne restaurant?

As part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, Bank Of Melbourne is offering just that and will be reserving five tables for two every Friday night at Chin Chin, Mamasita, MoVida and Maha. Existing Bank of Melbourne customers who win will also receive a complimentary bottle of Champagne on arrival.

As much as we are fans of the no-bookings policy, this is a one-off, special experience for you and a friend to enjoy in celebration of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.

Successful applicants will have the opportunity to casually stroll through the door at selected restaurants on March 1, 8 and 15. Winners, along with the chosen venues, will be announced each Wednesday prior to the event.

The competition is currently open, so be sure to enter online, where you can also double your chances of winning by playing Bank Of Melbourne’s exclusive ‘Q Jumper’ game.

bankofmelbourne.com.au/mfwf