Kampung Buli Sim Sim, a water village on stilts on the coast of Sandakan reachable by plank walkways, depicts lives of some of the local fishermen families in neat wooden houses and their daily activities. This is also the site of the original town of Sandakan which began in 1879.
Initially, it was just a "fish market" (seafood retail stall) at the location. With the thought of business extension, the "floating" restaurant is extended from the seafood retail stall, which becomes a popular joint for the locals and tourists.
There are a few seafood restaurants located in Buli Sim Sim water village. One of which was initially a fish market which was later expanded to include a floating seafood restaurant. Locals flock here to purchase fresh seafood once the fishermen dock at the jetty as they are cheaper than in the city’s wet market. They can also purchase from the selection of seafood available and request the chef to cook it the way you want. You can ask the price prior sent to the chef.
Steam fish and sotong which costs me total of RM 36.80.
Buli Sim Sim restaurant that overlooks the beautiful Sulu Sea.
One thing that disturbed me the most is despite there were only 1 or 2 tables occupied at that time, my 3 dishes only arrived at the table after 40 minutes. So, if you're hungry to death, you might not want to come as you will get furious waiting for ages for your food to be served. I almost gave up waiting but luckily the lovely sea wind cooled me down. The restaurant should improve their service like other seafood restaurants I went before. Seriously! Well, overall I would say that I will search for other restaurants if I come back to Sandakan.
Sandakan can always assure you of fresh seafood.
This restaurant is halal
Serves no pork
Credit Cards: No
Take Away: Yes
Jalan Buli Sim Sim
The 8th Bridge of Sim Sim Floating Village
The 8th bridge is the last row of the "floating village". Majority with Chinese families nearby the restaurant.