Foreign Concept

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CAN$30 and under
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Contemporary Asian
Here, you will experience clean, distinctive and subtle flavours that honour authentic Vietnamese and the best from across Asia, cuisine that will leave every guest surprised and delighted.

Chef Duncan’s techniques using fresh, local ingredients bring new and unusual flavours to Calgarians who seek new gourmet dining experiences. Imagine house-made charcuterie infused with crisp Asian spices and a room styled after the elegance of colonial Vietnam with some modern surprises.
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.5
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.3
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KS
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The recommendations made by the server were spot on. Great food. Served hot and fresh and with careful attention to allergies or special requests. We will absolutely be back!!

BN
Calgary
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful dinner with my out of town friend. We were all pleased with the food quality, the service and the atmosphere. I always choose Foreign Concept for special occasions and highly recommend it to all of my friends.

CP
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was our Anniversary and Chef Duncan Ly made it absolutely special!!

PG
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Overall the food, service and atmosphere was good. I would recommend this restaurant to experience fusion cooking.

y
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Good atmosphere and Good food :) I liked the funky wall-decos

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Service was amazing. Food was amazing! Place is adorable. It’s a thing we have to get used to but our table was really close to another couple that was there for our whole sitting. So we kind of felt like we were sharing a table. This is more of an us issue than a problem with the restaurant. Will definitely go back!

S
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Everything was great. We didn’t have to wait long for our food and the server was awesome with helpful recommendations.

AG
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Thoughtful unique dishes that were all excellent. Many spins on traditional Korean menue. Many different wonderful flavors. Service was terrrific. Our group of six enjoyed the sharing aspect.

G
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Unique flavours I have never had before. Cool unique atmosphere and great service. I highly recommend the brussel sprouts.

p
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved the staff, extremely knowledgeable and helpful when explaining dishes.
Food was amazing as well and each course paired very well with the next.
Amazing evening as well as experience.
Thank you

B
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing service and outstanding flavorful food. We ordered 3 mains between 2 of us and it was the perfect amount of food to share

JJ
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous and different food. Very friendly staff. A lot of fun!

A
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

I enjoyed the food and service at Foreign Concept, but I'm afraid my perception of the food may have been tainted by having eaten a similar meal at Anju the day before.

I had a char siu pork bowl and honey butter chips. They were both good, but I felt like the Korean lunch set I got from Anju was tastier, and better value for a similar price.

I love chips so the honey butter chips were exciting to me - crispy and sweet with a tangy lemon aioli that went perfectly with the chips. Nice portion, too. I took the remaining chips back to my hotel.

The music was nice but a little on the loud side for my taste, especially for midday as opposed to evening when you might expect a hip bar/restaurant to have louder music. The service was also excellent, and quick. I would go back again but maybe try something different.

OT
Calgary
22 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

First time here and not disappointed. Very interesting, Asian-inflected cuisine. Excellent service - maybe one of the best servers I've had in 25 years of dining in Calgary. Will come again to try something else from the eclectic menu

SH
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Truly unique flavors and combinations. The trout was delicious.

JJ
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing ambience with great selection of food/drinks menu.

S
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A friend took me here for a birthday dinner and I couldn't have been more satisfied. The food was just amazing, we had some tasty beverages and the atmosphere was great. The icing on the cake was that the service was top notch... the server knew when to stop by and the bartender came to drop off a specialty drink. I will most definitely go back.

JM
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This restaurant is outstanding, and the food is amazing. Try going with friends or co-workers and sharing multiple small plates so you can try many different things! Thanks Chef, you are incredible!

C
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food and wine were great, and service to match. Tables were a bit close together, and a touch loud. Especially enjoyed the pork belly, Brussels sprouts, and lime cheesecake.

CM
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

Small portion and salty food with a high price tag. Nothing memorable and going back for after 3 small plates, 3 large plates, and 2 desserts. Long wait for food especially if you go in hungry to begin with. Server was ok but tried too hard to be overly friendly only at the end when she brought us our bill...hmmmm....overall impression is that this place is overrated, a bit pretentious, and overpriced.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing ambiance. Delightful food. Exceptional wait staff. Little on the pricey side but so worth it

s
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 3

Food was amazing. Service was not what I thought it would be. So disappointing considering how long I spent trying to pick an "it" restaurant for our guests this weekend. I understand that sometimes staff can get busy but this was such an issue for us.

DM
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The menu is full of delightful options. I recommend the spring roll wraps and the gochujang pork chops!!
Service was outstanding and very efficient. Duncan has hit the nail on the head with this venue, and I cant wait til his taco stand opens up next door!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was great!

F
Calgary
41 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Food was good though some was burnt but they handled it well and offered new dishes if we wanted
Our server was very good and informative
Prices are reasonable.

CC
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

The food at Foreign Concept was good. We enjoyed three of the four items we ordered. We found the Trout greasy and the accompanying noodles without much flavour.
My biggest complaint would be that the tables are very close together and so you feel like you are having a romantic night with strangers. The service was a little slow taking our order but the food arrived quickly afterwards.

BN
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and great customer service along with nice decor. It's definitely a great place for night out with friends and family

SV
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Words you don't say often and that people won't even believe, but get the brussel sprouts! They were charred to perfection and seriously delicious.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The best birthday dinner I could have hoped for. Unique food, creative presentation and best of all complex flavours that we could taste all the way home. Our servers were top notch, knew the cuisine and provided excellent suggestions. We arrived at five so it wasn’t particularly busy.

OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food. One of my favourite restaurants in the city for sure!

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One great place to eat. Great food and service

m
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great food, space and service

OT
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My favourite Asian cuisine restaurant in Calgary. As usual an excellent experience. I’ve tried everything on the menu and each dish offers amazing blends of flavours. Presentation is always on point. It’s a busy place with bistro style seating so tables are close together which I love for that cozy feel. Can’t wait for Chef Ly’s newest addition to Calgary’s French cuisine scene - Melo!

OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Such good food and drinks!

MM
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The servers were great and the menu had a wonderful variety of options. Everything we ate was delicious and the drinks and wine options were great too!

OT
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

The food was delicious! The service was excellent, they prepared and presented the food wonderfully! We were there quite early, there are many tables in the restaurant. so the only thing that disappointed me was that they sat EVERY one of the 6 diners that came after us right close to us all in a row by the window even though there were several servers available. There was a lot of empty space available in other parts the restaurant. It made the atmosphere much less intimate.

EC
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Foreign Concept is a restaurant that truly captures Asian fusion. The food is top notch and staff is very friendly. But what impressed me the most, was the fresh and incredible ingredients used, that are very hard to find in Calgary. I would highly recommend this restaurant for people who enjoy Asian cuisine and what it has to offer.

DG
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Guys...I was blown away by the food here. I came in with my parents who are fairly picky, but I figured there was enough variety on the menu for there to be something for everyone. They absolutely loved every dish we ordered.
I would for sure tell you to order the oysters and the trout....the trout was the stand out dish of the night (which is really saying something as everything was exceptional). Even my mother who hates fish, happily ate it. I love that everything is served family style, and the portions for each dish were great. You are certainly getting what you pay for.
Great atmosphere, wonderful service. I have nothing bad to say about this restaurant. If you're looking to try something new or want some exceptional food; this is the place to go. Can easily say this is the best meal I've had in Calgary.

DC
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 3

the food is fabulous but the service needs some work. Last time we were there, our second course was squeeze3d onto the table before we were even half way through our first course. Next time, the appetizer was forgotten altogether, waitress wasnt sure what the menu items were ],no milk/cream nor spoons with the coffee until we asked. Small things but not awesome service overall

S
Calgary
43 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Great food and great service. The lemon chicken was fabulous! A MUST try! The imperial roll was really good too! The only thing was that they didn’t inform us about the kitchen being closed and we were looking forward to trying the dessert.

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