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The type food that you can enjoy at a different country can range from local street foods to high-end top-class restaurants. Floating is on the latter end of that spectrum, minus the super inflated bill.
Located on the top levels of Hongdae's known-and-loved hotel L7, Floating is a restaurant and bar that has all the vibe, quality, and value. The quality of food and service is top-notch and the bar alone is a great space to chill in the evenings, at the end of your day. Shall we take a closer look?
⭐ Due to the current COVID-19 epidemic in Korea, L7 Hongdae Floating will be closed from March 6th to April 2nd.
Hongdae Lounge | L7 Floating
⭐ Reservations not possible for December 24/25 (Will be Updated when Christmas Menu is Confirmed)
Hongdae Lounge: Floating | Information
- Floating Address : 서울 마포구 양화로 141
- Restaurant Hours：06:30 - 22:00
- Bar Hours：(Weekdays, Sunday) 18:00 - 01:00 / (Friday, Saturday) 18:00 - 02:00
- Reservations not possible for December 24/25 (Will be Updated when Christmas Menu is Confirmed)
Hongdae Lounge: Floating | Prices
*See end of post for more details on the menu.
1. Brunch Set (2 Person)
₩73,000 → ₩65,000
Shrimp Avocado Salad + Steak Omelete + Shrimp Scampi Pasta
2. Creatrip Seafood Dinner Course
₩134,000 → ₩110,000 (2 Person)
Bread + Ricotta Salad (2 Plates) + Lobster Gratin & King Prawn Steak + Lemon Sorbet (2 Plates)
3. Creatrip T-Bone Dinner Course
₩149,000 → ₩119,000 (2 Person)
Bread + Ricotta Salad (2 Plates) + T-BONE STEAK & ASPARAGUS & MASH POTATO & CREAMED SPINACH + Lemon Sorbet (2 Plates)
Creatrip Bar Set
Two Signature Cocktails + Chicken Salad: ₩59,000 → ₩40,000 (2 Person)
1BTL Sparkling Wine + Bacon Platter: ₩86,000 → ₩60,000 (2 Person)
Hongdae Lounge: Floating | Reasons for Recommendation
- Floating is a hotel lounge on the 21st floor, from where you can enjoy your meal with a beautiful view of Seoul.
- The food is top-quality because it's partly managed by Lotte Hotel. You can see the chefs working their magic through the open kitchen.
- Its Hongdae location is highly accessible, easily reachable via public transportation.
- The large space and extra amenities make for a convenient experience. Chill out at the lounge after your meal or get a drink from the bar or cafe.
Hongdae Lounge: Floating | Notes
- Please be on time at the right date.
- No day-of bookings. Cancellations must be made at least 3 days in advance.
- Payment for any extra orders can be made on site.
- Reservations are subject to cancellation if the party is more than 10 minutes late.
- Please reserve at least 3 days in advance to get a window seat.
- The prep time for all dishes are at least 20 minutes after order.
Hongdae Lounge: Floating | Review
Today we're going to visit L7 Floating, a rooftop restaurant in Hongdae.
The first twenty stories are the L7 Hotel, the 21st and 22nd floors are the Floating restaurant and bar.
Take the elevator and head up to the 21st floor.
I visited in the early evening so that I could catch the restaurant before it got too crowded.
You can see all of Hongdae from the windows. The well-lit space is very modern with a clean, simple aesthetic. The restaurant has a lot of atmosphere at night as many come to enjoy their meal with the Seoul night scapes.
The dinner tables have a blue tablecloth.
You can watch the chefs work their magic as the kitchen is open. Seems like all the ingredients are handled very neatly!
Creatrip is offering three of the most popular menus at a discount: the Brunch Set, Dinner Seafood Course, and the T-Bone Steak Course.
Restaurant : Brunch Set (2 Person)
The appetizer bread that's not too dry. They give you butter to eat with the bread.
The Brunch Set consists of avocado salad, steak omelet, and shrimp scampi pasta.
The avocado salad has shrimp, buttered corn, and of course, avocado. The salad goes well with the other dishes in the course.
The steak omelet is basically an omelet with a side of steak. The soft texture of the omelet and the juicy steak is a great combination.
The shrimp pasta was interesting because of the garlic chips sprinkled on top. The pasta is well-covered with oil sauce, and the shrimp melts in your mouth.
Restaurant: Dinner Seafood Course (2 Person)
The Dinner Seafood Course includes bread, ricotta salad, lobster gratin, king prawn steak, and lemon sorbet for dessert. Just listing it all fills me up.
The ricotta salad is salad with ricotta cheese with a variety of veggies and nuts. The walnut topping added an interesting texture to it all.
The king prawn steak is a giant prawn with salad. Make sure to squeeze the lemon before digging in. The king prawn was meaty and delicious.
The losbser gratin is lobster which meat has been cooked and put back into the shell. You don't need to struggle to get the meat out yourself, you can just enjoy the soft, buttery goodness. The meat and salad on top of the toasted bread is amazing together. Highly recommend this dish if you're a fan of lobster.
The lemon sorbet dessert is very refreshing. A perfect end to a perfect meal.
Restaurant: Dinner T-Bone Course (2 Person)
The dinner t-bone meal includes bread, ricotta salad, and t-bone steak, which comes with a side of asparagus, mashed potato, and creamed spinach. The dessert is lemon sorbet. A truly perfect meal from the appetizer to the dessert.
The ricotta salad is the same one that comes with the seafood meal; ricotta cheese, veggies, and nut toppings.
The asparagus is one of the sides that comes with the steak. The asparagus didn't have the usual bitter aftertaste that asparagus often has. It was cooked perfectly, not too soft, not too hard.
The mashed potato and creamed spinach are the other side dishes that come with the steak.
The mashed potato comes with potato chips, a fun texture added to the usually bland dish. The creamed spinach is also very rich and delicious, and went perfectly with the steak.
The t-bone steak comes with herb butter on top, which really brings out the meaty flavors and adds a subtle boost to to the tenderness of the meat. I didn't specify the doneness of the meat and ended up getting medium rare. If you have a preference for doneness, make sure to specify when ordering.
We chilled out at the lounge in the back after the meal. The wide-open space and beautiful interior makes for a great place to relax.
There are spaces for larger groups as well as seats near the windows. The space is bright and relaxed during the day with all the light coming in, moody and atmospheric during the evenings with the city night lights.
The interior is absolutely beautiful. The wood finishing gives it an antique feeling, making it at once luxurious and comfortable.
There is one corner by the window where you can listen to LP records. Perfect for music enthusiasts.
You can use the cafe from the lounge, so I ended up getting a drink. There's always room for dessert.
I got the two signature menus, Pink Sunset and Floating. Pink Sunset is a sour drink that's a mix of grapefruit and citron. Floating is a secret recipe! I wasn't sure what I was tasting, but I can tell you that it was sweet and tasted great. Each level of the drink has a different flavor, so don't mix it up when you get it.
The bar is on the 22nd floor. There's a real variety of liquor here.
You also get a beautiful view of the city from the bar as you do from the restaurant. I think it'll be a dream to grab a drink from the bar while staring off into the city nightscapes.
I was super disappointed to be there too early for the sunset.
There's also a pool on the 22nd floor! Just imagine how awesome it would be to jump in on a hot summer night. Unfortunately, this pool is only available to hotel guests.
If you are staying at L7, however, make sure to make use this beautiful amenity!
This is what the bar looks like at night. Isn't it dreamy?
Bar: Two Signature Cocktails + Chicken Salad
The chicken tender salad and signature cocktails go super well together. Enjoy with the nightscape of Hongdae before you.
Bar: 1BTL Sparkling Wine + Bacon Platter
You get a full plate of sausages and bacon with this set. Again, the dish and the sparkling wine go extremely well together as the bitterness of the wine compliments the saltiness and greasiness of the meat.
Sparkling wine at a rooftop bar, what a great time.
Hongdae Lounge: Floating | How to Get There
- L7 Floating：21F, Yanghwa-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul
A 1-minute walk from Hongik Univ. Station exit 1. You'll see it on your right.
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