Food and Drink
A Central Community Hub and Entertainment District
The District is a curated space, designed with its tenants and the community in mind, to spark discovery and invite Calgarians to create sharable moments. The District features Calgary’s first chef-driven food hall with a number of unique dining concepts created by some of Canada’s top chefs. The District will eventually be home to more than 10 distinct dining concepts, including a brewery and full service restaurant and bar.
Takori is an Asian fusion taqueria serving Asian-inspired tacos and burritos and other fusion fare. Takori’s concept is innovative because it combines Mexican cuisine with Asian flavours. The chilies and spices of Southeast Asia are blended with tacos and burritos, creating something that is truly unique.
Chef Duncan Ly is the chef/owner of Foreign Concept, Concept Catering, Greenfish Sushi (in partnership with Chef Darren MacLean) and Takori.
The award-winning Modern Steak opened in 2014. From the start, this included aspirations of creating a local, chef-driven burger concept as a spin-off of the restaurant, which has now come to fruition with Modern Burger. Modern Burger only serves ranch specific Alberta Beef. That means they don’t serve beef from anywhere else on the planet. They know their farmers and ranchers personally and respect the hard work they put in to producing their beef. A variety of other incredible ingredients are also sourced from local ranchers, farmers, bakers and food purveyors who share these “Modern” values.
Oishidesu Ramen Shack
Inspired by his travels to Japan, Chef Arce Morales fell in love with Japanese cuisine and was inspired to create Oishidesu Ramen Shack. Ramen shacks can be found everywhere throughout Japan and are a popular, quick comfort food that Chef Morales is excited to share with Calgarians. Oishidesu Ramen Shack is dedicated to bringing traditional Japanese flavors to diners in fresh and creative ways.
Chef Arce Morales is the chef/owner of Mom’s Happy Kitchen and Oishidesu Ramen Shack.
Chef Adam Ryan believes that vegetarian food doesn’t have to be bland or boring. Shrub Bloom takes familiar ideas and concepts that people eat regularly and puts a unique spin on it so all preconceived bias about vegetarian food can be thrown out the window. Shrub Bloom serves vegetable forward food with a focus on sustainable, Canadian, and unique producers. Comforting dishes like gnocchi, sandwiches, smoothies, and salads will all have unique and tasty twists.
Chef Adam Ryan is the owner/chef of Shrub Bloom and the soon-to-open Milpa, and was previously head chef at The Coup.
Greenfish is the first fully sustainable quick service sushi restaurant in Canada, with a menu that is half vegan and gluten-free. No plastics are used in its packaging and nearly all packaging is 100% compostable, right down to the chopsticks. The goal of this noteworthy concept is to make it easy for diners to choose sustainability. Greenfish has done the work so guests can feel good about their choice to enjoy an uncompromised and delicious fast casual experience with a low environmental impact.
Chef Darren MacLean was Canada’s sole contender and a finalist on Netflix’s global cooking competition, ‘The Final Table’. He is the chef/owner of Shokunin, Nupo and Greenfish Sushi (in partnership with Chef Duncan Ly).
Roy’s Korean Kitchen
Roy’s Korean Kitchen will be serving Korean comfort food with a Canadian twist. Guests are invited to try Korean food from a unique point of view. Chef Roy Oh was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, and grew up eating burgers, pizza and nachos alongside kimchi stew, raw marinated crab and Korean BBQ. His combined experiences have inspired him to take diners on an exciting culinary adventure with this latest chef-driven concept.
Chef Roy Oh conceptualized celebrated Calgary restaurant Anju, and is now the owner/chef of Roy’s Korean Kitchen, which will open its second location at The District.
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