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Balin Roof Garden Bar & Bistro

₹₹ - ₹₹₹Italian, , Pizza
Jalan Pelabuhan Lama | Nak Hotel, Level 8,Sandakan Town,, Sandakan 90000, Malaysia
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  • Excellent37%
  • Very good44%
  • Average12%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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Italian, Bar, Pizza, European, Grill, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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Jalan Pelabuhan Lama | Nak Hotel, Level 8,Sandakan Town,, Sandakan 90000, Malaysia
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Sandakan seems a little short on good quality places to eat but Balin Roof Garden and Bistro is one to be recommended. A bit limited for choice if you are a vegetarian like myself but the pasta and pizza vegetarian options are very tasty. Excellent...More

Thank fabindia
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We actually visited on two separate occasions, the first time I ate from the specials menu and had the chicken teriyaki rice and avo burger, very well cooked and presented nicely, and the second time I had the farmers mac n cheese which tasted incredible....More

Thank lewisashleydavies
Reviewed 1 week ago

Slightly out of the centre but well worth the effort in finding it. Excellent food and very friendly staff. You can eat on the roof under the stars.

Thank Keith P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place belongs in Bangkok or some other hip foodie place in Asia. They did not manage to serve one dish together with another but when dishes arrived: WOW. Their chef is really superb. The localities are great and atmospheric. Great music choices. Best place...More

Thank Weekendtrotter
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've been here several times and the food is almost always excellent. The mac & cheese was disappointing, but the simple margherita pizza is lovely and there are a lot of cocktails and desserts to choose from. Service can be a little on the slow...More

Thank monkeylover34
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It's a short walk from Four Points by Sheraton. The restaurant is located on the 8th floor of Nak Hotel. Take the elevator to 7th floor and walk up the stairs to 8th floor. Food: We ordered the Chicken Hawaiian Pizza and NZ Sticky Lamb...More

Thank NanaHussein
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ate dinner here twice while staying at Nak Hotel. Amazingly good Western food in a town that's not exactly a cuisine mecca. I had spaghetti carbonara with smoked duck one night (excellent) and mac-and-cheese the next (good).My companion had oat-crusted fried chicken with mashed potatoes...More

Thank BallardBeaver
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We ate dinner at this restaurant last night and we thoroughly enjoyed our meal and the ambience of this rooftop restaurant. It isn’t easy to find as it is located on the 8th floor of the Nak Hotel and there isn’t any signage on the...More

Thank viagray
Reviewed 8 February 2018 via mobile

Fantastic food fantastic hospitality, very quaint and Private, you would miss it if you didn’t know where to go. Amazing views from the rooftop. It’s a place you must eat and experience in your life

Thank tinkertaylor18
Reviewed 6 February 2018

Must go when in Sandakan - for the great view, cool garden rooftop, chilled atmosphere, very good drinks and tasty food. Service is professional and super nice. Big ups for the late night open kitchen.

Thank Karolina D
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Average prices
US$ 8 - US$ 15
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Romantic, View, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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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