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About Foreign Concept

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.

1011 1 St SW
Calgary, AB T2R 1J2
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary Asian, Vietnamese, Asian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
1st St.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
CAN$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(403) 719-7288

Website:
http://www.foreignconcept.ca/

Executive Chef:
Jinhee Lee

Private Party Facilities:
Semi Private rooms or whole house buyouts

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Foreign Concept Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.2

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (36)
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Fun (13)
Casual (13)
Business Meals (9)
Hot Spot (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Spicy (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Romantic (7)
Healthy (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Tasting Menu (5)
Cozy (4)
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Notable Wine List (3)
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·Dined 5 days ago

Great food, could add a few more veggie/vegan options but over all very impressed. Staff are friendly and helpful.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Casual
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 (Calgary)·Dined 6 days ago

We were in for a midweek lunch and received the prompt service you'd expect from a downtown establishment - from the minute we entered until we left was exactly 60 minutes.
Pleasantly, quality was not at all effected by the efficient speed. My ahi tuna burger was filled with a perfectly seared, decadently tender tuna steak. The togarashi seasoning gave it a mild kick which was balanced nicely by the sweet asian slaw and creamy avocado that topped the "burger".
There's no fries weighing down this dish either, it comes with a citrusy (yuzu, I think) dressed green salad making for a refreshing side.
The waiter had indepth knowledge of the menu and was able to make great recommendations to my companions. The atmosphere is bright and clean- an incredible improvement over the dive-y establishments that previously held the location; modern Asian style, with a comfort level you might find in your own dining room.
Price-wise, we found it to be wholly reasonable at $20 per person (not including beverages) for the quality of the food, execution and atmosphere.
Foreign Concept has definitely made it on to our list of sit down lunch mainstays.
I am also looking forward to trying out the dinner menu sometime soon.

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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined 7 days ago

Excellent - Fresh - tasty! Second time in and will definitely go back! Love the Asian twist on selections, a lot of my favorites in one stop! You won't be disappointed!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quick Bite, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Fabulous food, slow but friendly service!
I can’t wait to go back

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Healthy
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Some of the most creative and best tasting food in Calgary.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Spicy, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The steam buns, imperial roll and fisherman’s stew are all dishes worthy of a return visit.
Friendly non-intrusive service. Looking forward to going back

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We thought it was really overpriced.
It was good but totally not worth what we paid.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Food is amazing! Just wish they had a better drink menu - especially cocktails.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Foreign Concept was a great time. The Pan Asian cuisine, really worked well together.

Tags: Spicy, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot
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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 9, 2017

My bahn mi burger bun was burnt. that was disappointing because the taste was quite nice. oh and the bun was too soft and the egg made it mushy.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 6, 2017

We tried 6 different dishes. Out favorite by far, the Honey Butter Potato Chips (could and would eat my weight in them) and the bulgobi rolls.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quick Bite, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Didn't dislike the dishes we tried, but nothing jumped out at any of us.
A bit bland, blah & basically underwhelming, particularly given the hype.

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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Seemed like I was in the way of the employees social conversation while sitting at the bar.
Only service I received was when the bartender noticed I was looking around for my dessert to arrive as it took an odd time to show up, at least she stopped her conversation with a off duty employee to check in on it. Food really wasn't mind blowing tartare was bland with a hint of chile. Lobster broth was out rich/salty couldn't even finish the broth.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 4, 2017

This was our first experience (table of four) and we had a great time! The food was a creative twist on many different Asian dishes (Korean, Vietnamese, Chinese) and they absolutely nailed it. The mango/squash slaw and lemon chicken were delicious choices, and the trout noodle main dish is both fresh and so tasty! The chefs knocked it out of the park, we will DEFINITELY be back. Service was also very good.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Fun, Casual, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy
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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Wow. Great concept and perfect execution. Can't wait to go back and try more stuff :)

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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The food and service were outstanding! Great small and large plate family style dining. The Lobster Broth and Steam Buns were among our many favourites. Our server was sweet and helpful and ensured we had everything we needed to enjoy an awesome dinner!

Tags: Authentic, Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Excellent food, very original fusion between asian and north american plates.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 24, 2017

It was a great experience, Taylor was great, he put together dishes for us so that we could try a bit of everything and do so family style. The food is really yummy, they are really original and flavourful. I really really enjoyed it.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Blonde waitress was very friendly, food and drinks were tasty and ambiance was comfy.

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Food was very good. Server was attentive, quick, and friendly.

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Our waiter was extremely helpful in selecting the right dishes for us to enjoy. Wonderful food and fantastic service.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Fantastic! Food was great, service on point. Even got to meet Duncan on our first night there!

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·Dined on September 24, 2017

Loved everything about this place - seeing all the construction outside was a bit of a bummer - but that won't be around forever! Everything about the experience was awesome.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Tapas, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine
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 (Calgary)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Well, returned to Foreign Concept for the fourth time. It was fantastic and I really didn't think it could get much greater. The food is very innovative, well presented and absolutely delicious. Upon receiving the bill, I was really impressed with the amount of food and the quality of food for the prices they charge. We will be returning shortly and will bring our family and friends. People should not miss out on this great restaurant!

Tags: Casual, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

Wow, what a great meal! I can't say enough good things. We ordered a charcuterie and angus beef tataki for small plates, both were excellent. Large plates we got the steamed buns and pork kaarage, both were amazing. The star of the night was definitely the steamed buns. Had a vietnamese coffee parfait for dessert. It's rare that i don't have at least one tiny complaint about a meal, every part of this meal was above my expectations, including the service which was awesome.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Spicy, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Calgary)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Fantastic food and great service! Loved the unique dishes!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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 (Calgary)·Dined on September 16, 2017

The only issue with our dinner was with the clay pot. For the price point, it would have been more filling if they added a carb to it, like a side of rice. I'm not a fan of super hot peppers, and asked the server about the shishito peppers who said "only 1 in 30 are hot and you won't get one." Well we did, and that spoiled the palate for a bit. Couldn't eat the rest of them after that. I wouldn't reorder that dish but the rest of the dinner was tasty, especially the baos.

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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Food was great and healthy. I loved the pickled vegetables. We will go back to try other items on the menu as there was so many different items to pick from.

Tags: Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Fun, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Calgary)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Best service I've received in Calgary in years. The food was delicious, unique, fresh, and colourful.
LOVED the imperial rolls and the charcuterie board. The desserts were just so-so. Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Fun
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 8, 2017

The milky sake and the fisherman's stew were delightful

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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Last night was the second time I visited Foreign concept.
The food was amazing, very creative dishes.
The service was fantastic.
Very enjoyable experience.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on September 6, 2017

We had been waiting to go here for a while, did not disappoint. Amazing, especially the steam buns.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Creative, good use of local products, service was great (knowledge of content and preparation was good). Loved the Asian mix of food and spice

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on September 3, 2017

One of the best meals we've had out in a very long time. We shared three appetizers and one main, which was ample. We thoroughly enjoyed each dish, the presentation was artful and the flavours divine. The service was excellent. We would go back in a heartbeat. All in all, a fabulous dining experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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·Dined on August 27, 2017

Delightful meal with great flavors. Loved all the dishes. Desserts need to be lifted to the same caliber as the meals :).

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Flavour explosion! Great food and very creative. Will be back

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Groups, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on August 27, 2017

This was our first time but won't be the last! Delicious

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Decent food, great service, interesting flavours, but us foodies didn't think it was anything overly special.

Tags: Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on August 25, 2017

The food is incredible, but wouldn't recommend it for a business lunch - the service was slow. Definitely go when you have time to spare.

Tags: Spicy, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on August 24, 2017

We had A delicious meal . Highly recommend the lemon chicken ! Service was superb would definitely go back .

Tags: Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre
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