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Wah Lian Amusement Opens its Flagship Integrated Entertainment Concept Hub, Tornado Entertainment, at Iluma Shopping Centre

A new rooftop venue has opened this month, taking the number of skyscape hangouts around town to at least 10.

Called Tornado, it is an entertainment complex on the fifth and seventh floors of the newly opened Iluma shopping mall.

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The centre is set to create a whirlwind of interest: It has restaurants, a dance club and a gaming centre appealing to visitors of all ages.

In all, there are seven outlets in its indoor and alfresco areas.

One of the entertainment areas, called Colosseum, has 220 gaming terminals and is said to be the biggest cybergaming centre in Singapore.

As for the alfresco area, it certainly emphasises the high life. It features a glass floor where visitors can feel like they are walking on air when they look down at the mall below.

This area covers nearly a quarter of the outdoor space and is made of reinforced glass.

Female guests in skirts, though, might find the idea a bit too "see-through".

Next month, guests in the alfresco zone can eat and drink while admiring the cityscape of the Bras Basah area with the opening of a restaurant-bar, Bounce, and an eatery called Chef Daniel's Kitchen, which features a Western menu.

Rooftop bars have become trendy in recent years. These include Mr Punch Winebar at the Mint Museum of Toys and Loof bar in Odeon Towers.

The Tornado complex is operated by local lifestyle and entertainment company Wah Lian Amusement.

It is so confident that its seven-in-one concept will take off that it has sunk $12 million into the 2,972 sq m entertainment centre.

Tornado comprises two Arcadia amusement centres, with one on the fifth floor; the Mushroom prize redemption counter; the Whoosh arcade centre; and the Colosseum gaming area, which are all open.

Besides game machines, Whoosh also houses The Mega 3D theatre, which screens animated films.

There is also a dance club, Seven, which will feature R&B, hip-hop, electro, retro and house music nights. It is set to open this month.

Wah Lian spokesman Paul Poh says: "Tornado is designed as an integrated leisure and entertainment hub. The concept is a mixture of popular entertainment facilities located under one roof."

The food and beverage outlets will be helmed by Mr Daniel Koh, 59, who was the executive chef of Sheraton Towers Singapore and kitchen director of restaurant chain Tung Lok Group.

He says: "This will be a premier show-kitchen concept. It will visually wow customers while they dine in a garden setting."

Tornado's outlets, such as Arcadia, Mushroom and Whoosh, open from 11 to 1am on weekdays and till 2am on weekends.

Dance club Seven is open from 6pm to 3am from Wednesdays to Sundays and 6 to 10pm on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Shoppers such as property consultant Tan Yuen Ming, 38, are looking forward to the new offerings.

The father of two young boys says: "There aren't many places where parents and their children can hang out together. At Tornado, there are games that will interest both younger and older children."

Source: Asiaone