_Koto, Hanoi

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    Koto: Good food in a good cause

    by SPW Written Aug 4, 2003

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    As well as being a being a pleasant cafe with good, reasonably priced food, this is also a training school for former street children. The name is derived from the slogan 'know one, teach one'.
    It also has the bonus of western style toilets!

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    • Arts and Culture
    • Historical Travel

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    KOTO: Refined Vietnamese cuisine

    by Tijavi Written Jul 24, 2010

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    Grilled fish with nicoise salad
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    An acronym for "Know One, Teach One," KOTO is a non-profit venture that employs former street kids. Besides this noble cause, the restaurant offers delicious Vietnamese food prepared and served in a more refined manner. To fully enjoy KOTO, come here for a full meal after touring the nearby Temple of Literature.

    I started my lunch with nicoise salad with grilled river fish. The fish was fresh and the lemon dressing had the right tang. It would have been nice if the fish would have been a bit warmer, which would have contrasted beautifully with the cold greens. For mains, I was attracted to the squid filled with pork, water chestnuts, glass noodles and coriander served with fresh tomato sauce and steamed rice. The filling was done very fine, like a sausage, but tasted delicious. I can only complain about how the food was served quickly after serving the starters. By the time I had room for the mains, it was a bit cold.

    Interestingly, the French tradition of having wine with food has been passed on quite effectively to the Vietnamese. Almost every restaurant in Vietnam has an extensive wine list and it's obvious they love their cabernet sauvignon and sauvignon blanc here. So for lunch, it was sauvignon blanc, not from France, but Chile, though.

    The banana bavarian for dessert was delicious, especially with traditional Vietnamese coffee with condensed milk, which is the standard creamer for the local brew.

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    KOTO: yes, don't miss KOTO for culinary

    by tenluk Written Sep 28, 2010

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    KOTO .. Know One Teach One... impressed so much.. for its vision.. educated the young generation becomes capable and talent till they can work on the top restaurant..
    food is delicious.. so yummy.. we love it

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