Restaurants to Watch

These restaurants opened too recently to be judged for the best restaurants lists but they’re definitely worth checking out.

Foreign Concept. Photograph by Jared Sych.

Foreign Concept

Chef Duncan Ly has ventured out on his own with Foreign Concept, a much-anticipated Pan-Asian restaurant that opened in the Beltline this past December. Offering what he calls an “alternative Asian dining” experience, expect dishes like char-grilled smoked lemongrass chicken, large and small plates and a charcuterie bar.

1011 1 St. S.W., 403-719-7288,

Bridgette Bar

This chef-driven bar in the former Montauk Sofa space in the Beltline, is the latest eatery from the Concorde Group, owners of Anju, the National beer halls and Ricardo’s Hideaway, to name a few. Designed by Frank Architecture and Interiors, Bridgette offers a cocktail-focused drink menu and new American cuisine by chef JP Pedhirney, formerly of Rouge and Muse.

739 10 Ave. S.W.,

Deane House

Sal Howell, owner of River Caf, has re-opened the historic Deane House in Inglewood as a full-service restaurant following extensive renovations. Chef Jamie Harling, formerly of Rouge, heads up the local, seasonal menu, which boasts of seared Maple Hill duck breast, braised rabbit perogies and an unlimited pastry bar during weekend brunch.

806 9 Ave. S.E., 403-264-0595,

Plowshare Artisan Diner

Plowshare Artisan Diner has opened in the space formerly occupied by Gypsy Bistro-Wine Bar in downtown’s historic Grain Exchange Building. Chef Mike Scarcelli prepares dishes ranging from savoury stuffed French toast to bacon-wrapped meatloaf to be enjoyed in the diner’s rustic, comfortable setting.

817 1 St. S.W., 403-454-4953,


Jackie Cooke and Kirk Shaw, owners of Avec Bistro, have turned the former Boxwood in Central Memorial Park into Provision. Chef Daniel Pizarro heads up the kitchen at both Avec and Provision, the latter of which features seasonal food and wine menus.

340 13 Ave. S.W., 403-263-0766,

Untitled Champagne Lounge

The team behind The Derrick have are opening a 2,000-square-foot Champagne lounge right next door to the downtown restaurant. The sophisticated lounge pairs handcrafted sparkling cocktails and 30 different Champagnes with small bites like oysters and caviar.

403-475-7226, 620 8 Ave. S.W.,

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