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Foreign Concept: "Alternative Asian" restaurant now open

DH Calgary Staff Dec 21, 2016 1:18 am 274

Chef Duncan Ly’s long-awaited Foreign Concept has opened its doors, offering Calgarians a taste of what they’re calling “Alternative Asian dining.”

Serving dinner as well as a bar menu, Foreign Concept spans a range of eats from charcuterie boards to numerous small and large plates representing a broad swatch of Asian flavours and techniques.

There’s a Vietnamese Scotch Egg, a Yuzu-Cured Salmon Fresh Roll, Lemongrass smoked chicken, and a Braised Duck with glass noodles, for instance, all prepared under the guidance of Ly, who is a classically trained French chef.

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Ly, who rose to acclaim behind the stove at Hotel Arts and the Kensington Riverside Inn, has been at work at his new project for several months now; in the summer the restaurant went from being called “La Vong” to the edgier (and more clearly worded) Foreign Concept.

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Previously, Ly told Daily Hive:

 “Growing up I was always that skateboarding, alternative kid. I was never one to go with the flow and I always wanted to be different than anyone else. So for me, ‘Alternative Asian Dining’ makes sense — this is not your ‘go with the flow’ or expected Asian restaurant. Everything from the decor, service, and of course the food.”

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Foreign Concept

Address: 1011 1st Street SW
Phone: 403-813-2790
Instagram: @EatForeign

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