Foreign Concept

4.6
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571 reviews
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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
4.7
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4.5
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4.4
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OT
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Overall was very good , not a single dish I would not order again . Had a few modifications to make celiac friendly and had no problems.

CM
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Interesting food, gourmet twist on Asian comfort favourites. A couple small plates and one large plate was plenty to share between two people. The pork belly char siu baos were a delicious combo of flavours. Also had the tuna tartare and kimchi which certainly had some spicy kick! Would come back again to try other dishes

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Foreign Concept is one of YYC’s best places to get really fine food in a fairly casual but classy environment. Love this place.

V
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Shared five appetizers and three entrees between four of us and everyone was sufficiently full. Lots of great flavours and fun dishes. Cocktails were great. NYE meant slow service but understandable given the volume.

WJ
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Second time going for New Years and the food was outstanding plus a great value for the 5 course menu. Will be back !

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience1

The table was next to the base heater and was far too hot.

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

Very slow but good food

F
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food with some twist! Ideal for sharing plates to try different menu.
Small plate menu has a lot of choices and hard to choose from.

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always amazing

T
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience- minor mix up with order but server resolved the issue promptly. Definitely plan on returning.

KM
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience2

They were slammed on a Sat night. Felt sorry for the servers and waiters as the people and dishes kept piling up around us. Staff was heroic, but restaurant was memorable because of the chaos when it should have been about their outstanding food.

IA
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Office Christmas party

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good. We all enjoyed our stay!

LM
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We feasted on appy's and drank wine! The appy's were wonderful, didn't have the main course. really enjoyed the charcuterie and the Brussels sprouts and the spring roll. Probably would have given 5 stars if we had ordered main course!

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food the squid ink spaghetti was the best dish I’ve ever had in Calgary. Great value and portions too!

CB
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The good was absolutely amazing, I would highly recommend it!

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Awesome staff!

JD
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were here for a reunion dinner and absolutely impressed by the food and service!
We got the Squid Ink Pasta, Char Siu pork and foie gras buns, short rib fried rice, trout, and tofu and enjoyed all of it. Will definitely be back soon!

EL
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exceeded our expectations! Flavourful, interesting plates. Amazing service. Had a great night.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

It’s was ok. Wouldn’t go back

JH
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food. The brussel sprouts and beet dishes are to die for!

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Birthday with girlfriends. Always excellent food and service

M
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

This was our first time dining here and I would go back. The shed dish approach is fun with a couple or small group.

We enjoyed the brussels spouts, found the cauliflower average, like the Begogi (sp?) rolls. Mains were pork chop and fried rice (yum!)

Decent wine list by both the glass and bottle.

OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Exceptional service.

k
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

We went here for dinner after hearing great things.

Our server was really helpful, explaining how to order and what dishes are the most popular.

For small plates, we had the brussel sprouts and the cauliflower. The cauliflower was delicious. The brussel sprouts, which have a glaze on them weren't great. The glaze was burned, therefore the whole dish tasted burnt and that was really the only flavour we could taste.

For the large dishes, we had the steamed buns and the duck. The steamed buns were good but not anything special. And the duck was average, we have had better elsewhere. The duck breast seemed tough.

For dessert, we had the lime cheesecake which was really great.

Overall, we felt the prices did not match the food. It was really expensive for average dishes.

OT
Calgary
19 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Date night out with my wife.
I searched Vietnamese on Open Table and this came up as a suggestion. It was definitely more Korean Fusion than Vietnamese, but this was probably one of the best meals we have had at a restaurant in the past few years. We will definitely return again.

Staff was friendly and courteous. Food was absolutely amazing!!!

KS
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

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 on October 9, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
9 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

PG
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

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

y
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

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

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

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
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
11 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

A
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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

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