Foreign Concept

4.6
503 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Contemporary Asian
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  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
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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S
Calgary
41 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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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DB
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

We had a great meal, and shared a bunch of small plates and 2 large plates for 4 people. All dishes were very tasty and it was very nice evening.

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SK
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food! Great atmosphere! This has been one of my favourite spots since it opened. Try the honey butter chips; they won't disappoint! When I dined there yesterday, the staff was very attentive. We only had 1 hour for lunch and the staff made sure we were done in time.

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MP
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious, consistently excellent

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LM
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great use of seasonal foods in a modern atmosphere. Plenty of flexible space for large parties or couples. I didn't find the restaurant to be loud. There was good space for people with greater mobility needs. Fun staff! On-street parking and across the street from a parking lot.

For the Foodie-in-U: My husband & I loved the BUTTERNUT SQUASH & GREEN MANGO SLAW. The MIGNARDISES was a delightful treat for 2.

Budget-Wise Note: The Dinner menu is Family Style so a three-course meal is designed for 2.

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L
Calgary
30 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

First time experience and it will not be our last! Love the food! Interesting combination of flavors. Fit for a foody. Only comment was that the wine selection could be broader.

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m
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food was stellar and service was great! The squid ink pasta was delectable

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OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Service was sporadic and forgetful

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TM
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We have already said that we will return as we sooo enjoyed our evening! Told all my friends as well. Awesome.

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New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Exceeded expectations and the staff really worked as a team. Food flavours and presentation were amazing. We felt one large plate per person was enough food. Smaller plate
In addition was not necessary.

Would definitely suggest for someone interested in a unique dining experience.

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OT
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was awesome. Service was great!

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DC
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

food was what we came for. Very noisy at times and the service needs some fine tuning. we weren't ready the first time to make am order and then we were forgotten about I think. Second course arrived and was shoved on the very small table before we had finished the first course...poor show

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SB
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

It was a great experience and excellent food as well as a professional service.

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S
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Tofu with pork appetizer was outstanding, as was Ike squid ink seafood pasta.

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r
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My husband and I dined at Foreign Concept for a special occasion and we are so glad we did! The food was incredibly flavourful with perfect portions and the service was top notch. We will be returning for sure.

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OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Awesome food...a little loud.

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c
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great casual atmosphere for a date. Food was amazing.

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C
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

22nd wedding anniversary! Great fun!

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RW
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great presentation, service, and quantity for price. The brussel sprouts and kim chi were very tasty starters! Will be back !

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d
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was a family lunch to celebrate after our son’s high school convocation. Tuna poke appetizer was very tasty. Lunch trout special was an award winning dish for chef Jinhee and it was evident why! The flavours were amazing. The ahi tuna burger was an impressive 1-inch thick patty cooked to perfection with togarashi spices, served with a refreshing Asian slaw. The char siu pork bowl was incredible - pork was so savoury and tender - it practically melts in your mouth. Best char siu pork ever...wish I had ordered it! Our server Tanya was excellent!

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C
Calgary
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Amazing! My husband and I shared a bunch of appetizers a main and 2 desserts (and a bottle if sake). The CHAR SIU PORK & FOIE GRAS STEAMED BUNS were one of the best things I’ve ever eaten.

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P
Calgary
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Food was excellent in presentation and taste, with unique flavors. Enjoyed it and will be returning.

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M
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

We wanted to so badly to like Foreign Concept. However, the entire evening was a dud. Food was mediocre at best. “Fusion” takes a nose dive when you dumb down authentic flavours and it takes an even farther nose dive when it’s served cold. Not one item we ordered was to temperature and the most expensive item on the menu, the 14 oz steak, was bland and very much needed salt and pepper. The 72 hr sous vide short ribs were bland as well served along cold mashed potatoes.

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5
Calgary
16 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Food was very good but waited a long time to get a soup and a salad. Our diners seemed to get their food quicker.

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TC
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A wonderful dining experience celebrating my wife's birthday. It was everything and more than what we were told. And, thanks so much, to Duncan (owner/chef) for coming out to say "hi."

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SH
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This place knocked my socks off. Decided to try their Mother's day dim sum style brunch and was thoroughly impressed. They had great seafood, amazing "pastries" which were like sweet breads and the best brisket I have ever had. My mom asked me how to eat the brisket with chop sticks and we soon found out that it was so tender there was no cutting required, literally melt in your mouth. Our server was great and the cook fellow at the brisket station took great care of me putting together a platter of brisket and Kim chi and sauce for our table to share. Thanks for making my mothers day brunch a success, will highly recommend this spot to everyone!

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F
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Checked out the Mothers Day Brunch. We liked the variety/difference from standard fair but few of the dishes could be called remarkable. Some of the hot dishes were only lukewarm and the vietnamese crepes were greasy and nearly tasteless. Dessert table had a limited selection and was disappointing as well.

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K
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, never needed to ask for my water to be filled. The pork belly and the rice were standout hits- just beware because it rings up pretty fast

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MW
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great for sharing and tasting lots of different items.

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PJ
Chicago
93 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

One of our favs in Calgary, owing to the food which is hands down top 5 in Calgary. Ok parking on the street close by, pleasant reception, not really a bad table here. Favorite dishes - the char siu, cauliflower, seafood spaghetti and more! The tenderloin fried rice was a little salty. Otherwise, great service and a nice evening. We’ll be back for sure.

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IK
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We had a lovely lunch here. It is an attractive, comfortable space and nice and quiet for talking. Service was excellent and we all enjoyed the food. Very interesting/fun potato chip appetizer. I would definitely go back.

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AI
Calgary
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Accommodated my dietary restrictions very well. The food was great. Good selection of gluten free, lactose free, pork free, crustacean free, peanut free options. And the staff was very friendly and approachable. The restaurant is beautifully decorated.

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A
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great space! Good food. The value for the food was not there but when you come to a place this, I do not expect that. The service was excellent, the only hiccup was I ordered another cocktail and it took longer to arrive as the bartender was personally attending to a larger table and pouring their wine and so was not able to make my cocktail in a timely fashion.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

really good food

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B
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was excellent! I think this will now be one of our top restaurants for date night. It wasn’t too loud, great ambience, great service and delicious food!

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D
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

As always impeccable,delicious food with friendly, efficient service!

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NF
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We really enjoyed the food and atmosphere, the service was spot on and for a busy night, we didn’t feel rushed. The quality of the food was excellent and I would recommend anyone to dine here. I’ll be back.

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j
Calgary
12 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My husband and I were impressed with the food and service. The servers all took their time to discuss and address any allergy concerns prior to ordering and came back to check on us often to ask how our meal was. Would definitely come back again.

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EP
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely one of the best meals I have ever ate. Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Amazing experience

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L
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a great time for my wife's birthday the steamed pork buns were excellent. Service was great as well.

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