SOHO at City of Dreams opened up recently, being an “entertainment” district inside the casino resort with up to 15 restaurants and bars. Unfortunately the district opened in the typical Macau style of openings: Too early for the full district to be available. During our visit there were at least two outlets still under construction and the main Japanese restaurant at the end of the district was not able to serve half their menu. Also there seem to be at least one design mistake too obvious to ignore, but that’s further below in this post. See all photos at Flickr.
As mentioned above, there was a design mistake (as I would assume) too obvious to ignore:
This grey box in the center of the photo is a waterproof socket cover, usually to be used if you have a power connection point in the vicinity (600mm) of water, such as a faucet, a basin, a shower or pool. At this location however there seems to be no close water point whatsoever. Furthermore this box is directly visible from most tables and seats as well as the main entrance! It’s grayness is a stark contrast to the brown wooden design and sticks out immediatelly even to the unbeknownst observer. How this was not changed in the last minute or picked up during design defects inspection, I can’t imagine, except if everything was “rush to finish”. Another hint in that direction is the black clothed table directly next to the gray socket sover. That is the cash desk location. A new restaurant with a temporary clothed foldable(?) table as cash collection point. Not very stylish and it seems they couldnt finish the permanent cashier position in time. Not a very good move as first impressions count and for me it’s that they need another month to complete their works and operations before its worthwhile to visit.