Portuguese chef to open new London restaurant
Henrique Sá Pessoa, one of Portugal's most celebrated chefs, will launch his new restaurant, JOIA, at art'otel London Battersea Power Station later this year.
The Iberian restaurant and bar will be situated over the top two floors of the UK's first art'otel. The venue will comprise three distinct spaces: a 15th floor restaurant, a 14th floor bar and a rooftop bar with infinity pool, all overlooking the iconic Battersea Power Station.
The chef owns the two Michelin-starred Alma and the relaxed trans-Iberian tapas spot Tapisco in his native Lisbon. He is also executive chef at the critically-acclaimed ARCA restaurant located in art'otel Amsterdam.
His new venture will be a new destination dining spot in the capital, offering unpretentious yet innovative dishes in a relaxed atmosphere. The menu will showcase Pessoa's fresh takes on his culinary heritage and travels, with traditional dishes made using the best of British and Iberian produce.
The menu at JOIA will be influenced by the 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 and olive oil caviar, with many dishes finished tableside for an engaging dining experience set against a dramatic London skyline.
On the 14th floor, JOIA bar will offer creative drinks that celebrate Iberian spices. 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.
Sá Pessoa comments of the launch: "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."