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KOTO Saigon

151A Hai Ba Trung Street (btw Nguyen Thi Minh Khai & Tran Cao Van) | District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
+84 8 3934 9151
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Ranked #67 of 1,408 restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Asian, Vietnamese, Café, Fusion
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Good for: Bar scene, Doing business
Dining options: Reservations
Description: KOTO Saigon is a new restaurant opened in October 2011 with Modern Vietnamese fusion menu. KOTO is a not-for-profit social enterprise, which works with disadvantaged youth in Vietnam and empowers them with to learn and strive in their lives.KOTO stands for “Know One, Teach One”: learning should be passed on; knowledge is there to be shared.
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Wellington, New Zealand
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

After having eaten twice at KOTO in Ha Noi I was disappointed to see less Vegetarian options on the menu. I had to ask. And of course they prepared something for me. The concept itself (helping disadvantaged kids) is brilliant and they seem to be doing a great job.

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 via mobile

Tucked away off the main road we discovered this great little restaurant run to teach underprivileged and street kids and give them the second chance they need. They learn all aspects in hospitality from cleaning, cooking and serving customers. The Vietnamese food there was absolutely beautiful and their service was excellent. They took the time to talk to us and... More

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London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
199 reviews 199 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

The restaurant is a charity and trains street kiss in the hospitality industry. The food was very good and service was too. An extensive menu and service with a smile, good restaurant worth trying

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Sydney
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102 reviews 102 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

All the staff here are street kids who have been given a "second chance" and trained in the art of cookery and hospitality. Despite this being a great cause, the actual food and service that they churn out is top notch! I can heartily recommend this restaurant if you visit HCMC. The "main" branch" is in Hanoi, so go there... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

This was absolutely a favourite for us in Saigon. Great location - good selection of both Vietnamese and Western Food. Really reasonably priced, great location and room. Saving the best for last, the staff. They are really courteous and delight in chatting with you about their lives as they practice their English. A must for a visit is Saigon. It... More

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Durham, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

We visited this restaurant as part of an organised tour to Ho Chi Minh City and to be honest I'm not sure we would have found it if we hadn't been escorted there. The concept is so worthwhile - helping deprived youth through hospitality training giving them life and career skills. We enjoyed a set menu and they catered amazingly... More

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Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

We had a wonderful meal. Very peaceful atmosphere & lovely staff. The 5 spice duck on potato cake just melts in your mouth.

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Newbury, Berkshire.
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64 reviews 64 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

We ate here as part of a group of 16 people and had a set menu. Food was delicious, staff attentive and it has a lovely atmosphere. The bonus of supporting a good cause as well makes it even more of a reason to eat here.

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

This place has changed from my first visit 2 years ago! But the menu has developed and here is a wide choice of both Vietnamese and western food. The wine is great and priced fairly. The outside dining is lovely but what wins me over with KOTO is the great staff and how attentive they are. We had a lovely... More

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SA
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

Really great and friendly service, good food as well - not to mention the fantastic cause. Will be back in Hanoi!

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