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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.
PRICE RANGE
RM 38 - RM 72
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
CUISINES
Italian, Bar, Pizza, European, Grill
FEATURES
Takeout, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Free off-street parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Beautiful place, amazing sunset from the rooftop. Jerome was a legend, very helpful and charismatic. Would recommend

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We had burgers, which were ok, nothing to write books about. Potatoes (portion was a bit too small in my opinion) were good. Overall, the place is not so cheap (2 burgers, 2 cocktails and a bottle of water = 205.5 myr), and tailor made...for tourists. After dinner we took a slice of cake as takeaway and we got charged a "takeaway fee" (on top of the service fee) which doesn't make sense at all: I asked about it and I was told "yes, we introduced it last year", without really an explanation.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 4 days ago

The service was outstanding as was the food. The ambience on the roof was fantastic. The staff amazing, especially Ezairil.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This place has amazing views and great service. Jerome was a great waiter and host that made the night fun and eventful..

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great atmosphere and view. We were celebrating my wife’s birthday and the staff were amazing and they surprised us with a slice of cake with a candle.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stumbled upon this secret gem in Sandakan. So glad we booked in advance. Great food and great staff. Lovely rooftop on top of a hotel.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Rooftop terrace with nice views across the bay, pleasant setting which although small is a nicely laid out area. Drinks seem reasonable compared to hotel prices. Soft drinks, cocktails and beer. Service charges are applied.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

During our visit on April 9th, we were greeted by exceptionally friendly staff who made us feel right at home from the moment we walked through the door. The rooftop dining area boasts panoramic views of the sea. The ambience was wonderful. Balin Roof Garden...Bar & Bistro exceeded all our expectations. Balin Roof Garden Bar & Bistro comes highly recommended for those seeking a culinary adventure intertwined with beautiful vistas.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Decent food. High price by Malaysian standards. Roof was unpleasantly windy the night we were there. I had main course, one side and drank tap water: about US$17.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is great roof top restaurant to sit, have a drink and a bite to eat. The staff are very friendly and helpful. Food portions are generous and prices are very reasonable. Would recommend the lamb dish as it is excellent. However avoid the lamb...skewers.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing food, atmosphere, staff and prices. I went for the Mediterranean lamb and my partner went for the chicken parma, both dishes offering good portions and very tender meat. We are going back tomorrow morning for brunch!

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We headed to Balin straight from the Sandakan Airport after reading positive reviews during a web search, and boy are we glad we did. It was so good we went back again a couple of days later before flying out to our next destination. I...ordered the same meal both times - delectable slipper lobster and pasta and had some next-level-delicious cocktails both times. On our first visit my husband and I shared their legendarily creative chocolate lava cake and oh.my.goodness did it live up to its reputation. The staff service is brilliant, the terrace garden ambience is relaxed and enveloping, and the views over the sea and the city are really pretty. Do yourself a favour and put this on your Sandakan to do list.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 21 February 2024 via mobile

Unique restaurant with great views and tasty food. Nice way to spend an evening. Would say it was more expensive than other restaurants but was well worth it for the views and the delicious food. Would go again.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 19 February 2024

The food lamb pizza and lobster were delicious. We gor a free drink because the lift was not working. The restaurant was accomdating in making my husband's pizza non spicy.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 15 February 2024 via mobile

We arrived in Sandakan and were disappointed by the lack of nice restaurants or cafes so were pleased when we saw this one on trip advisor. We arrived at 7 and they were already fully booked and we were gutted. A local told us to...go up there anyway and they will probably be able to find us a table, so we did. After 5 mins of hovering about they did find us a table and we were SO happy. Staff were really nice and took our order promptly. Unfortunately that’s where it went downhill. We waited over 30 mins for a warm coke and cold cider. Then a waitress came and said “I assume the waiter has already told you but there’s a fault with the pizzas so no pizzas”. We were hugely disappointed as we’re really looking forward to the pizza. I asked to see another menu and before I had a chance to choose a replacement, our other order came out. So, we couldn’t eat together as a couple and it felt really disjointed. My other half was so frustrated by this point (time taken for drinks, warm coke and lack of communication) we ended up going to McDonalds after for his meal. Food was delicious, staff were lovely but communication was obviously lacking. Make sure you book a table to avoid disappointment!More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Ameena640
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They did have meat and chicken and we had vegetarian items. I am not sure if the food was halal or not.
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Balin Roof Garden Bar & Bistro is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5