While phones and social media platforms are continuously giving us more reasons to explore augmented reality, games are constantly inviting us to experience different worlds with virtual reality (VR). You might have seen the movie Ready Player One and it’s no doubt that we’re rushing towards that type of future with VR sets on a whole new level, bringing users a one-of-a-kind experience. As early as now, you can try VR games while munching on your favorite food at The Garage -a newly opened VR Zone + Food Park at City of Dreams Manila!
Manila Millennial checked out the place for you during its opening last Sunday (October 14, 2018) and here are 5 notable things you can expect from The Garage:
Immersive VR games you won’t usually find in the PH
Bandai Namco Amusement from Japan, one of the world’s leading video digital entertainment development companies, provided the virtual reality experience at the VR Zone. As of now, they have Mario Kart Arcade GP VR – a three-minute full visual experience of the Mario Kart universe race track while competing against other players in the venue, Ski Rodeo – a two-minute ski trip via a simulator that can give you a peek at what it’s like to slide down snowy slopes, and Hospital Escape Terror – a nine-minute immersive horror room game for thrill-seekers. More will be added soon, so keep visiting the zone for more updates.
Tickets are available on site. Single player ticket price is available at P450 nett; while packages are available for those playing in groups or pairs: P800 nett for two persons playing Ski Rodeo; P1, 200 per person for three activities; and P1, 600 nett for a group of four persons playing Hospital Escape Terror or Mario Kart GP VR.
Total gastronomic galore
There are currently 10 food and beverage trucks and trailers in the area: Hokkaido Ramen Santouka, Katsu Sora, Pink’s Hotdog, Little Flour, El Chupacabra, Pizza Grigliata, Farmacy, Chocol8, The Roaster and Juiced. The casual dining experience is also enhanced with the sustainability drive of City of Dreams Manila: only eco-friendly, biodegradable and compostable plates, utensils and take-out bags are used at The Garage.
A mini collection + shop of all things chocolate!
Right across the VR Zone by the entrance is Chocol8 – a shop which features handcrafted chocolates in a number of shapes and forms, and are enhanced with special ingredients such as fruits, nuts, and spices.
They have giant versions of chocolates that are molded into different things – an ant, a chocolate miner, and more! We were able to try some of their treats and all we can say is that the price is definitely worth it!
Picture-perfect spots and futuristic design
Set in a 2,714-square meter cool and comfortable space located at the upper ground floor, The Garage stands out with its modern industrial interiors catering to a 563-seating capacity. Designed by award-winning Paris-based creative design agency, Malherbe Design in collaboration with Westar Architectural Interior Design, a group known for its strong sensitivity to contemporary design aesthetics, The Garage is further given life and vibrancy with graffiti works of two prominent names in the street art scene: Kookoo Ramos and DeeJae Paeste.
Don’t miss the graffiti and Tron-like atmosphere at the VR Zone and entrance. We had a great time taking photos while waiting for our turn to play.
More reasons to drink to your heart’s desire
Other than soda and water, visitors can also grab a glass (or more) of juice, beer, cocktails, or even cups of coffee in the area.
For those into healthy concoctions, Juiced offers a variety of freshly squeezed smoothies, slushies, and juices daily; while The Roaster is the go-to outlet for an array of gourmet coffee creations made from freshly roasted Philippine beans. In keeping with the resort’s sustainability campaign, the beans are sourced from coffee growers and farmers in various communities supported by the Philippine Coffee Board, Inc. The bar at The Garage offers a wide selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages for guests to pair their choice of food from the trucks and trailers.
Visit The Garage at the Retail Strip, 2nd Floor of City of Dreams Manila (right across Dreamplay). It’s open daily from 10 AM to 2 AM. For more information, call (+63 2) 800-8080 or email [email protected] or visit www.cityofdreamsmanila.com.