In December 2023, ST25 at KOTO made its debut, enriching Ho Chi Minh City’s lively culinary scene. Located on the second floor of Sofitel Saigon Plaza, ST25 at KOTO isn’t your typical dining spot; it represents a culinary collaboration between the hotel and KOTO – a leading Vietnamese social enterprise committed to empowering youth through education.

The restaurant’s name, “ST25 at KOTO,” pays tribute to the renowned Vietnamese rice ST25, honored as the “World’s Best Rice” in 2019. It embodies the spirit of Vietnamese heritage, where rice signifies resilience, ingenuity, and unyielding dedication.

A Modern Take on Vietnamese Traditions

Upon exploring the menu, guests will encounter a blend of familiar and inventive Vietnamese dishes, all infused with locally sourced ingredients. ST25 by KOTO’s contemporary approach to traditional cuisine was curated by the talented duo Bao La and Heath Gordon, both hailing from Australia with deep ties to Vietnam. Chef Bao La, speaking at the restaurant’s opening ceremony, shared their commitment to crafting unforgettable flavors that not only tantalize the taste buds but also leave a lasting impression on every diner. 

Beyond Culinary Delights: KOTO’s Enduring Impact

ST25 at KOTO is more than a dining destination – it is a symbol of hope for disadvantaged youth throughout Vietnam. Established in 2000 by Jimmy Nguyen, KOTO leads comprehensive hospitality training, breaking the cycle of poverty for young individuals. Over 1,200 KOTO alumni have transformed their lives, securing positions in hotels and restaurants globally. At the core of ST25 by KOTO lies a commitment to community and corporate social responsibility. Sofitel Saigon Plaza partnered with KOTO to establish this exceptional restaurant. 

Mr. Mario Mendis, General Manager of Sofitel Saigon Plaza, expressed enthusiasm, stating, “ST25 at KOTO exemplifies our belief that every meal can make a positive impact and that each dish can narrate a tale of tradition and innovation. Through ST25 at KOTO, up to 10% of each bill will support the KOTO fund.  

ST25 by KOTO
2nd Floor, Sofitel Saigon Plaza | 17 Le Duan St., District 1
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 18:00 – 23:00 | Sat-Sun 12:00 – 23:00

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