Saturday, 16 May 2015

Lindung Sepilok @ Sandakan, Sabah

SERVE NO PORK | CAFE | 11AM - 10PM | SEPILOK, SANDAKAN

Lindung, means protection in Bahasa Malaysia.

I was shocked when BigFish told me about this cafe opened at Sepilok, 25KM (or nearly 1 hour drive) from Sandakan. If you are unsure where Sepilok is -- it house the well-known Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre and the Rainforest Discovery Centre. No major town around here but Sandakan, so I wonder who are this cafe + art gallery's target customers.

Tourists, and young people from Sandakan, may be the answer. Still, I was quite impressed with the interior of Lindung Cafe and Gallery. Let's see piece by piece what's been offered here:

Location: Next to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehab Centre
Parking: Street Side
Environment: Purposely-built round-shape building surrounded by rain forest and river

The cafe has both indoor (air-conditioned) and al fresco dining area
It certainly looks fine and contemporary, the color merge perfectly with the surrounding rainforests, still is it not that kind of boring-looking wooden everywhere. Two stories tall glass panes allow natural lighting while exposing the nature's wonder around the cafe   

Lindung Sepilok
My favourite angle of Lindung Sepilok! WOW!!!

Lindung Sepilok
There is one espresso machine there but nobody order coffee that time, so no coffee smell...

Menu

The spiral staircase in the cafe

Art work display

Caramel Milk Tea

Mushroom and Swiss Cheese Pizza

At the pond

Lindung Sepilok

Panoramic view from the cafe

I only visited once and haven't got chance to re-visit again. Anyhow like many other visitors said, the food is always out of stock and service is terribly slow. We was briefed by the waitress that certain food on the menu such as Cendol is only offered to tourists bring in by bus (I didn't bother to clarify with the manager though it sound extremely ridiculous). At the end, we get a good pizza but terrible drinks. The cafe was certainly under-staffed and not-supervised. Lindung is managed by the team behind BaLin Rooftop Restaurant of Nak Hotel Sandakan, I do expect an above par F&B the cafe can offers.

FOODIOT'S POINT: 65%

BUSINESS HOUR: 11AM  -10PM

PHONE: +6089-533979

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/Lindung.sepilok

ADDRESS:
Jalan Sepilok, Mile 14,
90000 Sandakan, Sabah,
Malaysia

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