A Portuguese chef of significant repute is opening a restaurant at Battersea Power Station.
It’s generating a lot of hype.
Henrique Sá Pessoa’s new restaurant and bar will go by the name of JOIA, meaning jewel in Portuguese. If you’ve had the pleasure of visiting Lisbon before and eating your way through the city’s top eating establishments, there’s a decent chance his Michelin-starred joints – Alma and Tapisco – were on your itinerary. Those are the kinda hefty credentials he’s lugging over here.
Onto JOIA: it’ll be part of London’s first art’otel that’s scheduled to be opening very soon, and as we all know, the most exciting thing that comes in the packaging with these ultra-chic, ultra-arty hotels (unless you can afford the staycation) is the new restaurant concepts that accompany them.
Sá Pessoa has been handed three spaces to put his stamp on – a flagship restaurant on the 15th floor, a vermouth and wine bar (purveying Portuguese and Spanish wines) on the floor below and a rooftop bar on the 16th floor above. Fortunately, we’ve been
fed a few crumbs in regards to what the menu will feature. Two lead dishes you can get amped up about are salted cod crudo with pickled onions, tomatoes and olive oil caviar, and grilled carabineiro orzo bisque with tomato and coriander, while the menu as a whole will champion the cream of the crop in British and Iberian ingredients.
And oh yeah, forgot to mention – that rooftop bar? It also includes the small matter of an infinity pool, with ridiculous views overlooking everyone’s favourite grade II listed brick building and further afield. Once you’ve eaten and waited the requisite 30 minutes, it’ll be lovely to get a couple of laps in.
If you’ve got the energy…
NOTE: Joia is set to open later this year. We’ll be back with the full scoop then – in the meantime, you can take a look at the art’otel website HERE.
Joia | art’otel Battersea, 1 Electric Boulevard, Nine Elms, London SW11 8BJ
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