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“Good food, can't verify the cause”

KOTO Van Mieu Training Restaurant
Ranked #43 of 2,295 Restaurants in Hanoi
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $2 - $15
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Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
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.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Level 6 Contributor
66 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
“Good food, can't verify the cause”
Reviewed July 23, 2014

We visited this restaurant by accident as it is just around the corner from the Temple of Literature.

If what the proprietors of this restaurant does what it says they do, then great. But otherwise the food here is really delicious so it's definitely worth a visit anyway. It's a bit pricier than what we had been used to in Hanoi but it isn't expensive by any standards.

  • Visited July 2014
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Brisbane, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
155 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“A great meal before a long train trip”
Reviewed July 22, 2014

We were taken to this restaurant by our guide prior to our train trip to Sapa. Thinking that it would be something quick and easy to get us through the long overnight journey, this was a pleasant surprise. We had multiple Vietnamese courses and everything was so tasty. The meat was tender and service was spot on. The restaurant also offers western food. I can't comment on this. All food in Vietnam is great, but this was the best by far.

  • Visited July 2014
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1 Thank Soccernerds
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Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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“Great service, great cause”
Reviewed July 17, 2014 via mobile

We had a wonderful evening at koto. The service was second to none, and the food was tasty with the following exception of my duck which was quite fatty and chewy. I would definitely recommend the desserts, we had the matcha cake which was the best sweet I've had in Vietnam. Definitely worth a visit!

Thank Rebecca S
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Hobart, Australia
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84 reviews
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“Another great meal..”
Reviewed July 16, 2014 via mobile

This is the second time I have been to this restaurant. The first time was in July 2013 as part of an organised tour group and we all thought the food was wonderful and the service excellent. I am now back in Vietnam with my husband and I wanted to return again. We went there for dinner and had the the mixed combo to share, the five spice duck and the chicken breast with lemongrass. We thought all meals were beautiful. The service was excellent, very quick and attentive. There were a number of tour groups in there at the time but that did not bother us. For the meal and a few beers and water it was about $34 dollars. Very good value for the quality of food. It is also supporting a wonderful cause by providing training and employment opportunities for those less fortunate. So glad we could experience it again.

Visited July 2014
1 Thank Nic H
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Manila, Philippines
Level 5 Contributor
69 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Good food at a busy place”
Reviewed July 13, 2014

One of us had Vietnamese food and the other Western - both were tasty. Service was slow butt with a warm smile, and they were very busy!

Visited July 2014
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