Restaurant 59 Văn Miếu, Đống Đa, Hà Nội, Vietnam Published on: 01-03-2017
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Why KOTO Van Mieu Training Restaurant is special ?
KOTO is a restaurant and training centre in Hanoi that provides training in the hospitality industry and essential life skills to street children and disadvantaged youth between the ages of 16 and 22. To date, KOTO has completely changed the lives of hundreds of Vietnamese adolescents and their families.
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 on Van Mieu has served guests from all over the world and has been pivotal in spreading worldwide recognition of KOTO's mission to not only provide hospitality and life skills to disadvantaged youth in Vietnam but also as a restaurant of superb quality and memorable experiences.
How to get to KOTO Van Mieu Training Restaurant?
KOTO on Van Mieu, is located a stones throw away from one of Hanoi's most popular tourist destinations, The Temple of Literature. The Temple of Literature is about 10 minutes away from Hoan Kiem lake. About 2km west of Hoan Kiem Lake. It's easy for you to walk to this temple or go by cyclo.
- Yummy food, great course
- Good food while supporting a good cause
- Great and attentive service
- Lovely atmosphere and all for a good cause
- Very nice and professional place to eat
- Noise level Normal
- Budget Medium
- Alcohol NO
- Air condition YES
- Had kid menu NO
- Accept credit card YES
- Serve breakfast YES
- Serve halal NO
- Serve vegeterian YES
59 Văn Miếu, Đống Đa, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Tips for you
Koto is a popular Western traveller attraction it seems, as we only ever Europeans and Americans dining here. Koto recruit at risk youths from the underprivileged locality and train them in hospitality; Chefs, barmen, wait-staff and managers. The cuisine is traditional Vietnamese or 'Western'. Although why anyone would opt for the latter when the former is so good, I haven't a clue. It's a little pricier than elsewhere in Hanoi but certainly not expensive. 140,000 VND (Vietnamese Dong) for a beautiful and generously sized beef stir-fry (approximately £4). The ambiance is relaxed and peaceful away from the buzz of Hanoi and the service is impeccable. It's actually quite moving to see how seriously the young people take their training, as it could have literally saved their lives. The surrounding locality isn't the pleasantest part of Hanoi, but this adds more significance to the initiative that is Koto.
Really loved our bún chà and bún bò. The staff is really nice. Only 350k ridiculous dongs for a terrific cause.