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Finally got to check out the new VPremium cinema concept at Village cinemas.
This is a spin on Gold Class without the price tag but still pretty special.
Basically it's great for date night or mate night. Or in other words for taking out that someone special, you want to impress, or for going out with a group of friends and making it an experience instead of just seeing a movie.
You pay a few extra dollars for cinema tickets but this raises the bar.
Instead of being squashed in with the masses you are seated in a more intimate 180-seat cinema with extra comfortable and spacious seats. They don't recline but they are highly luxurious and each has an arm rest, drink holder and small table.
This is not like Gold Class where you press the button and a genie magically appears to take your order. However you do have the option of buying meals and alcohol to take in with you.
Even comedian Amy Schumer likes the food - Photo Credit Facebook Village Cinemas
With the alcohol we are not just talking wine and beer here but mixed drinks and cocktails such as the delightful white chocolate and cherry ripe as well as popcorn libres.
It came in a dainty little box and with plenty of salad, especially rocket and a vinaigrette dressing. Despite my apprehensions it was delicious and I almost felt virtuous
Except I drew the line at washing it down with a bottle of water. Instead I opted for a gin and tonic with ice and a slice of lemon. I couldn't resist as it was made with Bombay Sapphire - my favourite. And how many times do you get to take a mixed drink into the cinema?
Other enticing food options were upmarket versions of dude food and party food.
There was pizza, for example but a few novelty varieties such as tandoori chicken as well as a beetroot and walnut option.
There were nachos which you could have with chilli concarne, pides with spinach haloumi and cheese or ones stuffed with philly cheese and steak.
There were upmarket wagyu beef pies, chicken and camembert options or you could even buy a wallaby and stout pie.
Oh, and there were also desserts such as panacotta and chocolate mousse.
Meals ranged from $9 tp $12 dollars and there were options where you could buy a couple of courses, a popcorn and a drink all for $33.
You could also just order from the regular items at the candybar if you so choose.
There was an extensive drinks menu- bottles of Innocent Bystander and various wines in the Red Claw range. There were even piccolos of Moet Chandon ($29) now that should really impress a new girlfriend.
So, all in all, the new Village Vpremium is much more than a movie but a great night out.
I like the marketing for this one. "Ninety per cent more likely to impress your date!" For the few extra dollars it costs they might well be right.
At the moment Vpremium is at Village Cinemas Jam Factory but I am sure, if it works out, it will also move to other upmarket cinema complexes.