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KOTO Van Mieu Training Restaurant

#40 of 1,163 Restaurants in Hanoi
#44 of 1,320 Places to Eat in Hanoi
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59 Van Mieu | Dong Da District, Hanoi, Vietnam
+84 4 3 747 0337
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Description: KOTO stands for "Know one, teach one." KOTO is one of the most unique...
KOTO stands for "Know one, teach one." KOTO is one of the most unique experiences in Vietnam for travelers who can enjoy a meal at a real working vocational training restaurant operated by one of the leading non-profit social enterprises in Vietnam. KOTO is a unique not-for-profit social enterprise that started in 1999 in Hanoi. The program targets at-risk and disadvantaged youth—aged 16 to 22—with a 24-month-long training program in vocational hospitality, life skills and English. KOTO’s Vision Positive permanent change for at-risk and disadvantaged youth through the transformative power of social enterprise. KOTO’s Mission We believe at-risk and disadvantaged youth should have access to a holistic program that provides career training and life skills in a nurturing environment, where each builds self confidence and exercises their right to live a life of dignity.
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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great food and atmosphere

This restaurant is run as hospitality training center by an NGO. In spite of being a training center service is very professional and warm. Excellent food, nicely presented. especially the second floor is nicely decorated and cosy. In the ground floor there is also an NGO run shop selling... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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  • Large groups
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

This restaurant is run as hospitality training center by an NGO. In spite of being a training center service is very professional and warm. Excellent food, nicely presented. especially the second floor is nicely decorated and cosy. In the ground floor there is also an NGO run shop selling handicrafts.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

I love the concept of the restaurant. It is so heartwarming to know that the students are gaining skills to work in the real world. The food was good. Our drinks were creative and refreshing. We ordered Vietnamese dishes that were not standardly found on Vietnamese menus (no pho, no spring rolls, etc) and they tasted excellent. Our server was... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Indeed know one teach one is a great concept. Have tried its lunch - duck and squid. Both of the dishes are just fair, not very good indeed. Instead, its drink is pretty good, esp. Koto coffee.

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Hanoi, Vietnam
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

I have known about this restaurants and its mission before coming. The food and service are excellent. The staff are very friendly and nice. Last time, our group had some activities that made us leave quite late (we did not know that it was time for the restaurant to close). They were waiting until we finished our farewell party without... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

I had a delicious beef noodle dish and it was some of the best food I had throughout my three weeks travelling in Vietnam. Made even better knowing the ethos and good work of the restaurant - a great idea. Featured in Lonely Planet and seemed to be the stopping point for a lot of private tours, so not an... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

We stopped by for a quick lunch break and were overwhelmed by the delicious food, if you have the chance to stop by whilst in hanoi, don't miss this opportunity

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Fantastic Food and great service .All staff so eager to make your meal such a pleasure and could not have been more polite and helpful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Big portions with friendly waiting staff who speak very good English and provide good recommendations. Food was very unique, a banana leaf salad and tofu noodles had lime and peanuts and soy sauce and other things I don't know the name of that gave a really unique, subtle but pleasant taste. I would go again and invite friends there. Also... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Good food with a wide variety. Service is very friendly. Prices are reasonable considering its a restaurant. Very much on the tourist circuit and you won't see many locals - but the food, service and the 'giving back' make it all worth it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

We went there for a quick lunch. The service was good, the waiting time for the food was short and it all tasted delicious. Big servings!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 59 Van Mieu | Dong Da District, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Location: Asia  >  Vietnam  >  Hanoi
  • Phone Number: +84 4 3 747 0337

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 2 - 15
  • Cuisine: American, Australian, Vietnamese

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Families with children, Local cuisine

Description

KOTO stands for "Know one, teach one." KOTO is one of the most unique experiences in Vietnam for travelers who can enjoy a meal at a real working vocational training restaurant operated by one of the leading non-profit social enterprises in Vietnam. KOTO is a unique not-for-profit social enterprise that started in 1999 in Hanoi. The program targets at-risk and disadvantaged youth—aged 16 to 22—with a 24-month-long training program in vocational hospitality, life skills and English. KOTO’s Vision Positive permanent change for at-risk and disadvantaged youth through the transformative power of social enterprise. KOTO’s Mission We believe at-risk and disadvantaged youth should have access to a holistic program that provides career training and life skills in a nurturing environment, where each builds self confidence and exercises their right to live a life of dignity.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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