HOME-COOKED KOREAN FOOD, AFFORDABLE HAIRDRESSING AND GREAT COFFEE
Not sure if this entices anyone’s taste buds but it sure has to grab your culinary curiosity.
Where can you eat lunch and get a haircut in under an hour, Hurwundeki that’s where, an unusual pairing in east London.
On one side of the wall more than 100 customers a day file through the door for a 15-minute haircut $9 for men, $14 for women, and on the other side through an open archway, many more sit down for breakfast, coffee, lunch or dinner in the adjoining café.
On any given day 6 stylists can be found bent over 1950’s barbershop chairs, with clippers and scissors with their clients, and a whole bunch of equally hip people waiting.
On any given day a chef and his crew can be found behind the line in the kitchen cooking or meeting about creating new specials and menu items.
Owner Ki Chul-lee, 46 an already successful top hairdresser in Seoul brought his talent to London. In 2010, Time Out ranked his mini-empire among London’s 40 top shops, but the recession hit, leaving Ki with this not particularly prepossessing place.
Pairing haircuts and food seemed a good combo for him: “I love both, I care about both, I’m good at both.” There is a deeper affinity: good cooking and good hairdressing, Ki says, “both demand a true understanding of your raw materials and a mastery of technique: they’re about transforming ingredients, through a highly skilled process. They’re both also about aesthetics; presentation matters.”
Thick sliced crispy pork belly served with garlic, Kimchi and Deongang sauce and handsome!
Hip stylists tending to client with clippers and scissors, creating handsome and beautiful and great coffee!
Doubling as a restaurant and ?, are becoming increasingly common – and not just in London (or even the UK). If you can make it work, giving customers two reasons to come to you rather than one can, after all, only be a good thing. Higher foot traffic, can create greater loyalty.
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