Having dinner at KOTO Restaurant in Hanoi, Vietnam

Traveling in Vietnam

August 2019, after been eating a few days in different restaurants in Hanoi I did choose this time KOTO Restaurant. KOTO stands for Know One, Teach One. With the idea that learning should be passed on; knowledge is meant to be shared. This is the essential idea of KOTO’s Vietnamese-Australian founder, Jimmy Pham. More than 16 years ago, Mr Jimmy opened a hospitality training centre in Hanoi, giving at-risk and disadvantaged youth the opportunity to learn and thrive in their lives.​ KOTO's purpose is to end the cycle of poverty by empowering and helping our targeted youth to forge a better future for themselves, their families and their communities. ​ As a social enterprise, KOTO has trained over 700 students in our training centres in Hanoi and Saigon, with 200 of them currently enrolled.​ For more information have a look at their website Koto Foundation & Social Enterprise.

But what about the food? Simple delicious, stunning & professional served. Highly recommended, although the restaurant is a bit noisy. Most be said not cheap for Vietnamese standards, but you are supporting a good cause.

Remark : I also had dinner at KOTO Restaurant in Saigon and although the food was just as delicious the all experience was a bit of a disappointment. Why? A small and very noisy restaurant, food was not as beautiful served, food was slowly served and some food was even forgotten. Management of te Hanoi restaurant should come over to Saigon!



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