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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 #61 of 1,486 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

A group of 7 friends went here for dinner, we all agreed the food was the best we'd had in Saigon. Love the fact the business of not for profit and they help local youth, the meals we also very affordable, on average we paid about $6 for each mains dish. Will be returning.

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Sydney, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The food was fresh flavour, beautifully presented and the full service to the 7 of us at the table flawless. Well done

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Southampton UK
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79 reviews 79 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

This is one of two restaurants we visited in Vietnam that employs disadvantaged young people who evidently make the most of the opportunity as the food and service is excellent. I imagine it's bit like Jamie Oliver's Fifteen but without some of the angst caused by our disadvantaged being far more able to put two fingers up to such a... More

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Port Macquarie, Australia
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65 reviews 65 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 via mobile

This restaurant is hidden down a little alleyway but is well worth the effort in locating it. It has a beautiful decor and the service is fantastic. It was great to see these young smiling people providing us with a high level of service. I was with a group of 18 people who all enjoyed the enormous feast that we... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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51 reviews 51 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Hidden in a little alleyway is this beautiful restaurant where the staff are attentive as soon as you walk in. The food comes out in a timely manner, is reasonably priced, well presented and delicious! They even split the bill! Please come here to support a worthy cause

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Madison, Wisconsin
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

This lovely restaurant also has a cause, helping disadvantaged youth get the help they need for meaningful employment in the future. It is also a beautiful restaurant with wonderful food. That's a win-win-win in my book.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

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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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
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202 reviews 202 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 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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Top Contributor
103 reviews 103 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 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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