25 July 2022

Henrique Sá Pessoa To Open New Restaurant at BPS

Henrique Sá Pessoa, will open JOIA, an Iberian restaurant and bar at the new art’otel London Battersea Power Station later this year.

The new skyline destination restaurant and bar will span over the top floors of the first art’otel to open in the UK and will also feature a rooftop bar with infinity pool overlooking the iconic Battersea Power Station.

The restaurant menu will highlight Sá Pessoa’s culinary heritage and travels across the Iberian Peninsula, using the best of British and Iberian produce.

Henrique Sá Pessoa, one of Portugal’s most celebrated chefs, will launch JOIA, an Iberian restaurant and bar at the new art’otel London Battersea Power Station later this year. Situated over the top floors of the first art’otel to open in the UK, JOIA will comprise three distinct spaces, a 15th floor restaurant; a bar on the 14th floor; and a rooftop bar with infinity pool, all overlooking the iconic Battersea Power Station.

Chef Sá Pessoa owns the two Michelin-starred Alma and the relaxed trans-Iberian tapas spot Tapisco in his native Lisbon, and he is the Executive Chef at the critically acclaimed ARCA restaurant (located in art’otel Amsterdam). 

His new venture will be an exciting new destination dining spot for London, offering unpretentious yet innovative dishes and warm service in a relaxed, lively setting. Guests can feast on a menu that highlights Sá Pessoa’s culinary heritage and travels across the Iberian Peninsula, showcasing his vibrant, fresh takes on traditional dishes using the best of British and Iberian produce. 

The menu at JOIA is particularly influenced by the robust flavours and techniques of Catalonia and Portugal, with a focus on seafood, pork and rice. Dishes will include grilled carabineiro, creamy orzo bisque, tomato, coriander and salted cod crudo, pickled onions, tomatoes, olive oil caviar, with many dishes finished tableside for an engaging dining experience set against a dramatic backdrop of the London skyline.

Set across the 14th floor, JOIA bar will be one of the best cocktail lounges in the capital, offering creative drinks that celebrate Iberian spices to complement the striking floor to ceiling backdrop. Cocktails will sit alongside a broad list of handpicked Portuguese and Spanish wines, with a particular focus on lesser-known producers. Vermouth will also play a significant role in the drinks offering.

Henrique Sá Pessoa, Concept Chef JOIA, said: 

“It is such a joy to return to London having trained here in the brilliant emerging scene in the 90s. I love this city and I can’t wait to cook and share with the guests my take on authentic Portuguese cuisine.”

Daniel Pedreschi, Regional VP of Operations United Kingdom, art’otel said: 

“It will be an honour to fulfil the potential of this exciting new neighbourhood and build a destination restaurant that attracts guests from far and wide. We are very ambitious with this project and look forward to welcoming guests in the coming months.”

Sam Cotton, Head of Leasing at Battersea Power Station Development Company (BPSDC), said:

“It has always been our aim to bring a vibrant and diverse mix of cafés, bars and restaurants to this exciting new riverside neighbourhood for London and this is evident in the strong offering already open in Circus West Village, the first chapter in the regeneration of Battersea Power Station, and those set to open inside the Grade II* listed building and on Electric Boulevard from this Autumn. Adding a chef such as Henrique with an exciting new restaurant concept to the mix is fantastic and is sure to strengthen our position on the culinary map of ‘must visit’ dining hotspots in London.” 

art’otel London Battersea Power Station is located within Battersea Roof Gardens, a new building designed by Foster + Partners forming a key part of Electric Boulevard, a collection of buildings comprising homes, offices and a new pedestrianised high street which sits to the south of the iconic Grade II* listed Power Station. Opening from this Autumn, the Power Station will house over 100 shops, bars and restaurants, a luxury boutique cinema as well as unique events and leisure spaces, including a chimney lift experience, which will transport visitors 109m up to the top of the building’s north west chimney, offering stunning 360° views of the London skyline.

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For further information on Battersea Power Station, please visit https://batterseapowerstation.co.uk/ and follow @BatterseaPwrStn to keep up to date with the latest news and events.

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