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.
What an amazing restaurant experience! We had an amazing last meal before lock down and I’m so happy we picked Foreign Concept! The food was outstanding with great portion sizes. The restaurant was busy which was so nice to see for a small business! Even though it was busy, we never felt forgotten about! Can’t wait to try the takeout menu as it is to different.
The food was extremely delicious and flavours well balanced.
It was wonderful and the food was great
Great Food! Everything we ordered on the menu on the menu was amazing! Service was excellent, highly recommended
Poor service. 25 minutes to get a drink! We had several small plates and almost every dish was saturated in sauce that was too sweet, too salty or too sour. They were all mediocre and none were great. It was like listening to several loud pieces of music at the same time, for our poor taste buds.
Not sure why we had not been here sooner. The food and cocktails are delicious and creative. The space is beautiful and the service is great. The server’s recommendations were delicious. We added a few extra items and wanted more, but we were stuffed!
Meal was impeccable and love the decor and consistent service. Duncan Ly is an amazing chef and the city is lucky to have a modern Vietnamese place like this.
Great evening and tasty food. The steam buns are amazing!!
Heard great things about the restaurant but was unfortunately a bit disappointed. Brussel Sprouts were extremely sweet, kimchi was ok (more fermentation then I’d prefer). Squid ink spaghetti was just ok too
We went for dinner on a weekday evening during the happy hour (4-6 PM) time. We had the bbq pork, bulgogi, and Brussels sprouts appetizers (from the happy hour menu) as well as the squid ink and duck entrees. The appys were a great deal and very tasty and well prepared. The mains were good as well though the octopus was slightly over cooked. It was a minor issue though since the food overall was excellent. We were very happy and would go back again especially during the happy hour time frame. The service was excellent though we were the only table at that time. One of the best restaurants in Calgary and excellent value compared to other restaurants in this price point!
Fantastic service and outstanding food, what more needs to be said.
It's a delicious place to splurge for a date night!
Amazing experience! Food was phenomenal! Chef Duncan put so much thought into planning these dishes and the flavour profiles reflect that immensely. Between the two of us, we got to taste six different dishes - Char Sui Pork Steam Buns, Vietnamese Fried Chicken, Beef Short Rib Coconut Fried Rice, Cherry Gochujang Glazed Duck Breast, Yuzu Cheesecake (not pictured) and the sorbet trio (not pictured).
Chad was an excellent server as well! Very personable, knowledgeable of the menu and great with suggestions. Conversation of the menu, city and industry were fantastic.
Would 100% recommend this experience to anyone looking for a great night out.
The food was really good! But the ambiance was a bit loud. Was hoping for a calm romantic evening!
Appetizers were great, I would definitely come back for these. House cocktails were fun and tasty. The problem was the mains. Our table had 3 mains and the only one that was truly tasty and balanced was the ink squid pasta the one I expected the least out of. One of the others was the duck which had half a duck breast on the plate and it wasn't well cooked. I had the braised short rib.... it was awful - lacking taste and finishing salt, this came on a bed of salad that was overdressed and very sweet, strange combination.
Just great!! Food and service were excellent. Really enjoyed it.
Incredible attention to detail and flavors that were fresh and exciting. The menu is small, but with more than enough variety. Wine was excellent, and service was friendly and prompt.
Such great food and service. The drinks were also amazing!
it was our first dinner after our wedding, and we were greeted with such a lovely and friendly server with complimentary glass of champagne for our celebration!!!
Innovative menu with something for everyone. Exotic yet comfortable. Nice ambiance and great service. Good Covid protocols.
Fantastic restaurant. Flavours are unique and go very well together. Their signature pickerel dish is a staple I have come to love. Pricing is reasonable for the quality and quantity. Service was tentative and friendly. Was there when we needed but not overbearing with constant interruptions. Keep up the amazing job!!
The food was amazing, beautiful flavour and presentation. The service was warm and attentive though not too much.
great asian fusion food - every appetizer is fantastic
Average experience. Definitely not a wow and just didn’t feel the vibe. Server was awesome.
We started with the papaya slaw and the tuna tataki....both were excellent. Our mains were the spaghetti, the pickerel and the duck breast....desserts were the cheesecake and the tapioca....all delicious.
Passion on a plate, excellent service!
We had great service, and it is a very nice atmosphere. The decorations and layout are unique. The Japan Manhattan was very good - not too sweet. The Brussels sprouts were tasty - the glaze is flavourful and the Brussels sprouts were crispy. The squid ink spaghetti was SO GOOD - great mix of seafood, textures, and flavours.
Lovely flavours with courteous staff and full protocols in place during this pandemic. We loved our appetizers and the mains are fabulous! I had the sweet and sour pickerel while hubby had duck breast. We can’t wait to go back!
It’s been a minute since we’ve eaten here and they didn’t disappoint! Service was excellent and the food was perfect. There were four of us and we ended up ordering all the appetizers (except the Bao buns- we ordered 4 of those )
Thoroughly yummy and enjoyable
Food is just AMAZING, doesn’t matter what you pick, everything is great!
A great experience at Foreign Concept. Food was complex and delicious, service was excellent and all physical distancing protocols were observed by the staff. I recommend this restaurant
Very nice place. Menu selection is small, but the portions were a good size. Beer list was also short. Fun Place!
Impeccable everything! Always a wonderful dining experience at Foreign Concept!
After having heard so many great things about it over the last couple of years we were disappointed in the food., some was fantastic , some was tough and one crazy salt ... appies were better. .
Squid ink pasta was the winner dish as compared to the other 3 entrees.
Server was awesome . Very nice and friendly service .
For a bill over $400 I would go somewhere else next time .
Darn :( we really wanted to love it !
Love this place. The food is amazing and presented beautifully. What a treat!
Our waiter was so friendly and knowledgeable about the entire menu. Overall great experience and will be back!
Each dish was a joy to the palate! Creative combination of flavors in each dish. I will definitely go back!!!
Foreign Concept has done an excellent job of adapting to and accomodating for social distancing requirements. Their staff was appropriate and attentive as always, their food perhaps even better than my last pre-COVID visit.
Foreign Concept does offer delivery in partnership with Skip The Dishes. Foreign Concept also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (403) 719-7288.
Foreign Concept is rated 4.6 stars by 657 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.