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US$8 - US$15
Italian, Bar, Pizza, European, Grill
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 6 March 2020 via mobile

Unfortunately things didn’t go well on our visit. We ordered 4 pizza’s. 2 arrived within 10 minutes. We asked if the other two were coming and was told they were. Next thing we know the kitchen extractor fans went into overdrive. Another 10 minutes past...and still no pizza. Asked again and was told it wouldn’t be long. When they did arrive they explained that the kitchen had to remake them. I assume our two pizza’s had been left in the oven and were cremated. Now these things happen but a) it should have been noticed by our waiter and b) we were waiting for all meals to arrive so the first 2 pizza’s were eaten cold. They should have prepared 4 new pizzas (and I guess we should have insisted but we were hungry!). Instead we were given a 10% discount. The staff were friendly enough but I think the management could and should have tried better to recover the situation.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 4 March 2020

Brilliant place to eat. Great menu and great food. Fabulous atmosphere. Can walk here from the Sheraton.Good staff and a mixed clientele. Best place to eat

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 3 March 2020

An idea of having a roof top establishment in an old hotel sounds excellent. However, the limited space and moving area makes it quite uncomfortable to move around. Menu was good But the absence of a kitchen to serve this restaurant makes it questionable as...to how clean the food is kept from the kitchen to the dining table. Kitchen was on another floor and food was brought up to the dining area via the stairs and i noticed the food was not covered.More

Date of visit: February 2020
LinnNgui, Owner at Balin Roof Garden Bar & Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 4 March 2020

Hi Adrian, Thankyou for taking time out to drop us a review, Balin was created by the owners 12 yrs ago as a passion project and over the years have become an Institution to Sandakan locals and visitors. The space was never a purpose built...More

Reviewed 3 March 2020 via mobile

Great Service, great food, excellent value and wonderful views. Make sure you go through the Oyo 1030 Nak hotel lobby to get the lift to floor seven.

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 2 March 2020 via mobile

Delighted to have found this restaurant thanks to other tripadvisor reviews. Would strongly recommend. Great food at reasonable prices

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 1 March 2020

Suck birthday party ever !!!! Im very disappointed in my celebration birthday The staff was RUDE , NO SMILING , the CAKE WAS LATE ARRIVE AND THE STAFF THREW ME OUT FROM THE TABLE due to some of the guest coming thru, at the same...time we a little awry to take a picture with a family AND THE STAFF MANY TIMES TO ASK US THREW OUT FROM TABLE ..its not my fault due the staff late present the cake to ME.. and WE PAY THE BILL FOOD ALMOST RM250 but this is we get from the restaurant .. NEVER AND EVER COME HERE AGAIN .. AND NOT SUGGEST THIS PLACE ..when the staff give the cake to me she did not smile to me .. i dont know why ?????More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 19 February 2020

We have the whole day following the Sandakan Heritage trail and around the city. Later we went up to the Balin Roof Garden Bar & Bistro to have beer & tea. Great view on the roof top while enjoy our drinks and fresh air.

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 17 February 2020 via mobile

We had a nice experience at Balin Roof Garden! Great view and delicious pizza! Pizza 26-28 RM and Tiger Beer 17 RM. Recommended!!

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 10 February 2020

After a week in the jungle, we were pleased to have some European food. The restaurant is well hidden, as it is on the 7th floor of the hotel, but is worth the search. A good choice of food and a nice venue. The desserts...are amazing.More

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed 9 February 2020 via mobile

We had this place recommended to us by a Canadian couple we met while in Sandakan. The last day of our stay before moving on was my birthday so we went. Once we actually found the place, it’s on the roof of a hotel! Up...in the lift to the top floor we went! Thankfully only 7 floors! Well it was such a lovely setting & the views amazing. I ordered a cocktail, in fact so delicious, I had 2! My partner had fish & I had a roasted maple pumpkin & walnut salad. Both were so so tasty, good sized portions. If we hadn’t been leaving today I think I would have had to go back this evening. 3 beers, 2 cocktails, 2 main meals plus 2 portions of fries & a pudding to share 240RM including tax & service charge. It’s so cheap it’s ridiculous. Only negative & it’s common in Asia unless eating street food, it’s never very hot.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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8 September 2018|
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Response from Colnago62 | Reviewed this property |
They did have meat and chicken and we had vegetarian items. I am not sure if the food was halal or not.
24 February 2017|
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Frequently Asked Questions about Balin Roof Garden Bar & Bistro

Yes, Balin Roof Garden Bar & Bistro offers takeaway services.

Balin Roof Garden Bar & Bistro is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5