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Foreign Concept

4.5
286 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Contemporary Asian
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  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary Asian, Vietnamese, Asian
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Hours of Operation
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(403) 719-7288
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Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Jinhee Lee
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Private Party Facilities
Semi Private rooms or whole house buyouts
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
1st St.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 286 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.5
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.2
Value
Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

The flavours and presentation were absolutely fabulous. The food was incredible. If you only go out once in a while, this is great choice.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Had a wonderful time celebrating my birthday here with 6 others. One of my friends is gluten free and dairy free and she could enjoy the majority of the items. Our server was very helpful, friendly, and knowledgeable. Would definitely recommend and go back!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Had dinner with my brother and his girlfriend from Edmonton. Food, service, restaurant as a whole was great!!! Have been to the restaurant a number of times and I have not been disappointed. Always very happy with everything.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Came in after seeing Executive Chef Jinhee on Top Chef episode 1. We were not disappointed! The food is easily amongst the best in Calgary; this is now one of our favorite local restaurants. We ordered and would recommend the cha siu dish, the seafood dish and the tofu mushroom small plate. These were outstanding and our favorites. The drinks menu has a good selection, the restaurant is airy and has a nice Asian decor. We dine in Chicago’s reputable culinary scene on a regular basis. Foreign Concepts stacks up to Chicago’s best in my opinion.

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

It was our first time in the restaurant and we liked it. The flavors are great - from the charcuterie to the char siu pork belly with foie gras - they were delightful!

We will be back!

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Love the unusual combinations of flavors, spices at Fushion Concept. Service was exceptional; fast, attentive and so warm and welcoming. The tuna burger I had was out of this world! Menu super creative and made it difficult to choose what to eat. I am quite a good cook and a bit of a foodie and totally recommend this place. Was here for lunch but want to come back for dinner and enjoy the bar scene as well as it too seemed very cozy and had a great atmosphere with its colored lanterns. Will be back soon. Thanks for a memorable, enjoyable meal.

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

We visited on a cold and snowy lunch hour recently. The restaurant was pleasant and comfy oasis. Our server with her pleasant smile and friendly service added to the ambience. Steak sandwich, a Tuscan salad and a Ahi tuna burger were all very tasty lunch fair. A very good lunch experience but a little pricey for portion size.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Do yourself a favour and just go! Beautifully prepared food and exceptional service. I went with a large-ish group (6 people), which was ideal because we were able to order a wide variety of dishes. Every dish was deliciously balanced and unique.

As we were eating we were already planning our next visit, which tells you something :)

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Great food and service. Will definitely go back. Highly recommend a visit.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Delicious, inventive flavor combinations that are sure to impress. Service was fantastic, overall a great experience. We will come back again!

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

A fantastic restaurant with amazing food and service!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

A chef will tell you that first you eat with your eyes. The dishes we experienced were not only beautifully presented; but also a taste experience of perfectly executed and wonderfully flavored fusion. Our server was so friendly and took the time to help me navigate the menu to accommodate gluten free requirements. We decided on 2 small plates and 2 large to share. The smalls (tuna tartar and roasted eggplant) arrived first as appetizers and were so delicious. My husband is not a fan of eggplant, however the server's recommendation was spot on - as it was a firm texture with great spices. The main plates - Angus beef and Alberta trout continued the journey of interesting, complex Asian flavors arranged with color and flare. The delicate desserts did not disappoint. We chose the restaurant for a special date night and found the decor, ambiance and service to be perfect. I would recommend to anyone looking for a unique dining experience.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Food & service is off the hook!
Tasty with a hip vibe and great cocktails!
A must go any chance we get – the food is excellent and not an item we didn’t love!
New items like the Octopus Chinese bacon crapes are killer had two orders!!
This is our jam – modern Asian and chefs with tons of talent!!
IF you like super flavourful Asian food this is the spot!!

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We decided, on a whim, to dine at Foreign Concept, somewhat last minute but had the foresight to make a reservation.... good thing we did! This place gets busy!!! Small wonder, though. With a delicious menu of unique flavours, it's easy to see why this restaurant is so popular, especially on a Saturday evening. Friendly service and wonderful food makes this a definite entry on our "go-to" list.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

So good! If you appreciate attention to detail and food textures this is the place. Best dish we had was the tuna carpaccio. Has all the elements of a perfect dish: salt, sweetness, acid, hint of spice, crunch of compressed apple with soft, rich tuna. Second best was the eggplant then the imperial rolls. Also excellent were the lemon chicken and squash-green mange salad. Highly recommend for a group of 4-6 to try more dishes! Kudos to the chef and team! Impressive.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Foreign Concept is our new favorite Calgary restaurant! Incredibly interesting dishes with layers of flavours yet fresh and light. It’s not often that I want to return to try out the rest of the menu but I would with this fabulous place.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

What an awesome experience. The service and food were fantastic and the tastes are so eclectic and fulfilling. Definitely memorable.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Foreign Concept is a gem... always consistently great food and service!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

The tuna was amazing, service exceptional. I am excited to go back!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Every course was spot on. Creative food that is visually very appealing. The taste does not disappoint.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Amazing food! Consistent. One of our favorites for sure!

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Fusion food with great balance of taste from Korea, Vietnam, Chinese and Japan. Few menu items are changed but the all time favourites are still there.

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3.0Dined on March 11, 2018

We were there early 515 because that’s the only reservation we could get. Fair enough it was Big Taste. The waiter was fairly knowledgeable about the food but then he insisted that the wine I wanted was being replaced by another wine which was ‘the same’ I just expected the service to be higher end. It was just ok.

Food was pretty good, though my hanger steak was not tough (I expected it to be a little tough) it was grisly. Couldn’t swallow several pieces.
Flavours were good tho.

Visit was decent but I wouldn’t likely return. Too many other options in Calgary to repeat mediocrity.

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3.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Food was mediocre at best.

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4.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Great food, fun atmosphere. Service was a tad slow, but was during the Big Taste week so we didn’t mind

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Presentation was beautiful and the combination of flavours - very delicious!

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4.0Dined on March 9, 2018

We visited Foreign Concept for the first time as part of the Big Taste and were looking forward to it. Being at dinner time the restaurant was very busy. Our reservation was timely. There was too much confusion with regard to which menu (regular/Big Taste) to order from. The information was delivered in a rush and our friends had never been part of the Big Taste before so were confused with ordering. The surprise was that we didn't have a choice in ordering. It was either everyone had the BT or off the menu. Next time I suggest that the either/or information be posted with the reservation or at the entrance. Also, we had little contact with a server and at one point needed to request water and my partner's wine that he had ordered with his dinner never arrived. Overall the group enjoyed the food and atmosphere and would certainly try the restaurant again. Since that evening we have eaten at two other BT restaurants where guests could order from the BT or regular menu without any fuss.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Can’t say enough about this meal. We went for “big taste” and were not disappointed. The hanger steak entree was amazing. Flavours like you wouldn’t believe. .... appetizer and dessert were great too. I love this restaurant and will definitely be back.

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4.0Dined on March 8, 2018

5 of us dined here during the Big Taste event. Wished to have more freedome to order whatever we wanted. Couple of us wanted to try Big Taste menu while others wanted to order from the regular menu (which is more expensive than Big Taste menu). However, we're told that Big Taste memu is available only when the entire table orders the same. I wasn't so excited about the Big Taste menu but kind of 'had to go with it' as some of us really wanted it. Food was okay but I left the place not fully enjoyed the dining experience. I don't understand the meaming of their 'rule' to force customer to choose the memu. It's not all you can eat or regular menu.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

We went for big taste and had an awesome meal. Flavours on a courses were outstanding and dishes were very creative. The main course had several flavours that were good individually and when combined. It was the best meal we have had in a long time.

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4.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Different but delicious

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3.0Dined on March 2, 2018

I tried the big taste Calgary menu. The atmosphere was great! Felt I was in Shanghai. Friendly waitress welcomed us. The main meal was scrumptious, mixed well with kimchi, bbq shrimp and Parmesan cheese on pasta. However, I had a big tummy ache after today’s lunch. A bit disappointed.

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Warm and gracious service, lovely ambiance, exquisite food presentation and taste, a definite new favourite!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Attentive friendly service all through our dining experience. Really enjoyed the tuna tataki, squash and mango slaw, and the beef tenderloin with white kimchi fried rice. Nice cocktail selections and desserts as well. Looking forward to the next visit.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

The all-star team of chefs have come together to offer the most interesting and delicious menu Calgary has seen in years ~ a definite must visit restaurant. Plate sizes and diverse options offer the ability to eat your own dish or go tapas-style with your fellow diner(s). An amazing service oriented dining experience, yet comfortable and without pretence. Cannot wait for our next visit!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Really great food - we had the charcuterie board, forbidden rice and pork buns and all were amazing.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Food was super - some dishes had large and small sizes.
Knowledgeable waiter (food and wine)
Different and unusual tastes and textures.
The space was cosy and comfortable. My partner liked this restaurant a lot.
A nice find - would definitely come here again!

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4.0Dined on February 21, 2018

We arrived at like 5 so it just opened we were served quickly and had a good meal I’ll go back. Nothing over the top special but quite good.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

We arrived early for our reservation and were seated immediately. A group celebrating Chinese New Year showed up at the same time and put on a show with dancing dragons, we were seriously impressed! Our waitress, Leasa, took our order and we had our food within minutes. The food was awesome, plentiful and different. We will return. Great job guys!

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Excellent evening celebrating the lunar New Year. Made extra special by visiting dragons and drumming.

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