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Balin Roof Garden Bar & Bistro

) #2 of 80 Restaurants in Sandakan €€ - €€€ Italian, , Pizza
Jalan Pelabuhan Lama | Nak Hotel, Level 8,Sandakan Town,, Sandakan 90000, Malaysia
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  • Excellent36%
  • Very good45%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (7 reviews)
“pizza” (68 reviews)
“lamb chops” (11 reviews)
Open Now
10:00 - 23:00All hours
Italian, Bar, Pizza, European, Grill, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
€€ - €€€
Jalan Pelabuhan Lama | Nak Hotel, Level 8,Sandakan Town,, Sandakan 90000, Malaysia
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Reviewed yesterday

We went for some beers at night without any price mentioned on the menu.. We were unpleasantly surprised by the more than Western prices we had to pay for 2 Jugs of Tiger Beer (nothing special) which was way above any other price i have...More

Thank JonasvW89
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited this place based on the recommendation of a fellow travellers. Not sure if we got them on a bad day, but we're totally not impressed. Basic stuff like serving cans of coke at room temperature and having to ask them to chill them...More

1  Thank Kris F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great meal with pasta and pizza. It did take a little while to arrive but was worth the wait. We ordered 4 meals for the 3 adults and 2 kids and shared. Liked the duck based bacon in the pasta!

Thank Cristina M
Reviewed 16 June 2017

I went to this restaurant on the basis of the reviews and had the "sticky" lambs chops on someone's recommendation. I'm not sure if they were having a bad day but when the food eventually turned up (have to say I waited at least 40...More

1  Thank fraggleoz
Reviewed 11 June 2017

This restaurant was recommended by our hotel receptionist and it was certainly the best restaurant we found during 2 weeks in Sabah. The menu is interesting and imaginative but not huge. Service was very friendly and efficient. The ambience is very pleasant with a choice...More

Thank peacefulltravells
Reviewed 9 June 2017 via mobile

Sandakan has not a lot to offer regarding to restaurants. Balin is an exeption. Once we found it (Nak hotel, top floor), it was a pleasant surprise: good food with a twist, very friendly staff, quite nice view from the roof top terrace. We never...More

1  Thank Brigitte K
Reviewed 3 June 2017

Good service,nice place for relaxing, especially the rooftop with fresh air and atmosphere.Best place to watch sunset from here at around 6 pm.

Thank foodhunt2014
Reviewed 30 May 2017

We absolutely loved Balin Roof Garden - went for drinks and dinner after a tiring day and it was a fantastic place to just relax. It was a pretty hot evening so we ate inside but as soon as the sun lowered the rooftop was...More

Thank pen451
Reviewed 27 May 2017 via mobile

Food, services and ambience are all very good, unfortunately we missed the sunset. We have ordered lamb rack, kids meal and aglio olio. I love all the dishes especially the lamb and BBQ sweet corn.

Thank Funs105
Reviewed 24 May 2017

The restaurant specialises in Italian food, including (New Zealand, I think?) imported beef. There's an inside dining area and a lovely undercover courtyard. There's also a rooftop bar, which on our last day (Feb 10 2017) was closed for renovations, but we drank up there...More

Thank MattyB12001
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$15
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Groups, Romantic, View, Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Open Hours
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Jalan Pelabuhan Lama | Nak Hotel, Level 8,Sandakan Town,, Sandakan 90000, Malaysia
  • Location: Asia  >  Malaysia  >  Sabah  >  Sandakan Division  >  Sandakan
  • Phone Number: 606089272988
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This little undiscovered gem is situated above the stalwart landmark of Nak Hotel, built in the 1960s. Once an engine room, The Bar & Alfresco dining area sprawl across an expansive open roof terrace. Sip your ice cold beer & cocktails to a 360 degrees unobstructed view of the waterfront & catch the chillout sunset sessions from 5.00pm onwards to take in the best of Sandakan from a different perspective. Balin Bar & Bistro serves hearty yet creative western meals with Vegetarian, Gluten-Free & Childfriendly options but not forgetting a great dessert menu for those late night cravings.
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