The restaurant is the first London venture from celebrated Portuguese chef, Henrique Sá Pessoa
On 21 February 2023, Chef Henrique Sá Pessoa opened JOIA, an Iberian restaurant situated over the top floors of the new art’otel London Battersea Power Station. Sá Pessoa, one of Portugal’s most celebrated chefs, also operates the two Michelin-starred Alma and the relaxed trans-Iberian tapas spot Tapisco (both in Lisbon). He is also the Executive Chef at the critically acclaimed ARCA restaurant (located in art’otel Amsterdam).
The menu at JOIA showcases Sá Pessoa’s culinary heritage and is influenced by the robust flavours and cooking techniques of Catalonia and Portugal, using the best of British and Iberian produce. Chef Sá Pessoa’s uncompromising vision, wealth of experience and exacting attention to detail is evident throughout JOIA’s carefully crafted menu, which offers diners a taste of the Mediterranean in a London setting. JOIA meaning ‘jewel’ in Portuguese comprises a 14th floor bar and an 85-cover restaurant on the 15th floor, both overlooking the iconic Battersea Power Station, which opened its doors to the public in October 2022 .
JOIA’s pastry chef has developed a menu of innovative desserts that celebrate sweet and savoury flavours to create something truly unique. Guests can enjoy a traditional Pao de Lo – a light and airy sponge cake served with a goat’s cheese ice cream to balance out the sweetness, and the dark chocolate mousse, which has been reimagined to include sherry caramel and a serving of savoury chorizo ice cream.
JOIA’s interior design, by Russell Sage Studio, takes inspiration from the art deco style of the Power Station, mixed with modern touches and mid-century influences. By day, the restaurant is filled with natural light from the floor to ceiling windows, complementing the muted palette of pinks and greens repeated throughout the space. Adjacent to the kitchen pass is a chef’s table positioned within the restaurant, rather than in a private area, offering views over both Power Station and the kitchen. The restaurant also houses a sommelier station visible from all points of the restaurant, bringing a touch of theatre to the dining experience.