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“Nice View Of Sandakan Town!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Balin Roof Garden Bar & Bistro

Balin Roof Garden Bar & Bistro
Ranked #2 of 85 Restaurants in Sandakan
Price range: $4 - $10
Cuisines: Italian, Bar, Pizza, European, Grill
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Scenic view, Families with children, Special occasions, Bar scene
Dining options: Brunch, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: 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 simple grilled western comfort food, pasta & pizza dishes complimented with an extensive wine list.
Singapore, Singapore
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Nice View Of Sandakan Town!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2012

This restaurant, located in one of the oldest hotel in Sandakan (NAK Hotel) also have one of the best roof garden to view the town of Sandakan!

Best time to visit here will be during sunset where one can take photographs and enjoy the chilling breeze.

There are great food and creative cocktails are also being served here.

Downside of this place will be the relatively worn out furniture. As most of them are made from wood, the natural weather cause some of the furniture to wear & tear.

However, the ambience of the place more than make up for it!

Have really enjoyed your dinner & drinks here with my friends.

Will definitely visit this place again soon!

  • Visited July 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Brisbane, Australia
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26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Average and near flooded in the rain...”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2012 via mobile

We were hoping to get some Malay options in the menu but no luck. The food was just ok, but then it started raining and the whole place was a big puddle, including inside and indoors! There were cockroaches outside and the entry just looked very unhygienic.

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Malta
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“mixed feelings”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2012

a roof that was turned to a restaurant and a bar but can't see much success with the decor to be quite honest. food was good but no views from here, we really did feel like we're on a roof closed in by high walls. then we went up to the bar, a floor up, but way too small and uncomfortable.

if you have nothing to do and want to go for a drink to see the city views it might be ok without any high expectations! rather pricey too.

staff are very nice and offer a great service.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Bucharest, Romania
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20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“excellent location, super service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2012

the view is very nice; the roof is nicely decorated; great for evenings and mornings; the food is good and the service is excellent

Visited June 2012
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Perth, Australia
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231 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
“Such a cool place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2012

The rooftop bar in Hotel Nak is a fantatstic place to drink a few cocktails and enjoy the view from the funky couches and rooftop stools. The staff are fairly good at keeping you stocked up with drinks and there are lots of secluded places for couples to relax.

  • Visited August 2011
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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