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Balin Roof Garden Bar & Bistro

) #2 of 79 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%
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“brunch” (7 reviews)
“pizza” (68 reviews)
“lamb chops” (10 reviews)
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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 1 week ago

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

Thank fraggleoz
Reviewed 1 week ago

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 bghytsde
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Every time I'm in Sandakan, I will not fail to make a pit stop at Balin. The food is amazing, especially the desserts! The cocktails are really unique and yummy too. The staff here is friendly and helpful. Plus, the ambiance and view is to...More

Thank Rose707
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I didn't have high expectations from a rooftop in Sandakan to be honest, but was very impressed. The cocktails were impressive and reasonably priced. Went back for breakfast the next morning for lovely homemade yoghurt and a divine elderflower, lemon and honey yoghurt drink. Beautifully...More

Thank thisiscrazy12
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We are regular customer to dine in Balin. Recently we visit on a public holiday (Wesak Day) for brunch. We ordered two sets of big brunch and waited for quite some time, we were then told there's only one sausage left, asked if we ok...More

Thank Shan0407
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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
Bar Scene, Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, View, Child-friendly
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
  • E-mail
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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