JOIA

Fish, Portuguese, Spanish, Tapas·
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Silver Award
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SquareMeal Review of JOIA

Silver Award

London is no stranger to a restaurant with a good view, but JOIA’s magnificent Battersea Power Station panorama might just take the cake. Way up on the 15th floor of the Battersea art’otel, this slick art deco restaurant overlooks London’s iconic industrial landmark and a good portion of the West London skyline too.

The interiors are thoroughly serene and approachable - dusty pink corridors greet you as you exit the elevator, and inside you'll find natural wood floors, Insta-friendly pastel shades and potted plants, which add a breezy Mediterranean feel to the space. The restaurant itself wraps around the outer edge of the building, and smooth curves feature everywhere from the panoramic outer window and the patterns in the upholstery to a series of circular mirrors, mounted like portholes on a ship.

Wherever this particular ship is going, we’re in for the ride. Two Michelin-starred Portuguese chef Henrique Sa Pessoa is also on board, delivering a menu that riffs on classic flavours from his home country, from scarlet Carabineros prawns to bacalhau and Iberico ham croquetas.

Don’t come here expecting a two Michelin star level of fine dining - JOIA is much more relaxed than that, but Sa Pessoa’s cooking is comforting and delicious in equal measure. You can’t go wrong with a croqueta but JOIA’s bomba de Lisboa is a particularly delicious combo of golden crust, aioli, and rich beef and alheira sausage filling. A salt cod tortilla is equally good, the sort of reassuring thing we could happily eat everyday, ably washed down with a fresh, textural white from the Douro Valley. The best dish is saved for last - a huge steaming pot of Carabineros prawns with orzo and bisque, where staff helpfully squeeze the juices from the heads into the sauce for you.

Save some space for desserts too, especially the pudim abade priscos - a pork fat caramel flan with a sweet, bitter port caramel and mandarin sorbet. Bold, comforting dishes, magnificent views and a rooftop infinity pool soon to open - JOIA definitely has something special going for it.

Good to know

Cuisines
Fish, Portuguese, Spanish, Tapas
Ambience
Cool, Fine dining, Glamorous, Luxury, Quirky, Romantic, Unique
Food Occasions
All day dining, Lunch
Alfresco And Views
Great views, Outside seating, Rooftop, Terrace
Special Features
Chef’s table, Gluten-free options, Vegetarian options
People
Birthdays, Celebrations, Dates, Group dining [8+], Romantic, Special occasions

About

The 2020s have been all about Battersea thus far; the area has undergone a serious makeover, from the establishment of a new tube station to the renovation of the iconic Battersea Power Station. Now, two Michelin-starred Portuguese chef Henrique Sa Pessoa’s new restaurant JOIA is destined to propel it to the forefront of the London dining scene.

Perched on the 15th floor of the new art’otel development with a floor-to-ceiling windowed bar on the level below, JOIA boasts incomparable views of the South London skyline. It only gets better from here: next year will see the opening of a rooftop bar and infinity pool, right beside Battersea’s Grade II listed power station.

This isn’t Sa Pessoa’s first appearance on the London culinary scene. After training at the Cordon Bleu Institute, he began working in the kitchen of the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane hotel. Now he’s one of the most highly acclaimed chefs in Portugal, owning Lisbon-based two-Michelin-starred Alma and Tapisco, as well as being the executive chef at sister art’otel restaurant ARCA in Amsterdam.

The menu is true to the robust, authentic flavours of Sa Pessoa’s native Portugal, featuring elegant, elevated versions of many classic Portuguese dishes, with an emphasis on seafood, pork and rice. The menu includes snacks such as Iberico ham croquetas, salt cod tortilla and hand dived scallops with black alioli sabayon. For main courses there is a choice of larger plates like wild mushroom and black truffle rice and Madeira-braised pork cheeks, but JOIA also offers whole Carabineros prawns, catch of the day fish and aged steaks from the josper grill.

Don’t forget to check out JOIA Bar whilst you’re here, as the glass walls make it one of the most stunning cocktail lounges London has to offer. It’s the ideal spot to peruse an extensive list of Portuguese and Spanish wines and vermouths while taking in the striking city views.

Menu Highlights

Starters
Octopus salad - £18.00
Grilled leeks - £9.00
La Bomba De Lisboa - £7.50
Iberico croquetas - £7.50
Peixinhos da horta - £7.50
Hand dived scallop - £12.00
Wild British mushroom escabeche - £15.00
Octopus salad - £18.00
Grilled leeks - £9.00
La Bomba De Lisboa - £7.50
Iberico croquetas - £7.50
Peixinhos da horta - £7.50
Hand dived scallop - £12.00
Wild British mushroom escabeche - £15.00
Octopus salad - £18.00
Grilled leeks - £9.00
La Bomba De Lisboa - £7.50
Iberico croquetas - £7.50
Peixinhos da horta - £7.50
Hand dived scallop - £12.00
Wild British mushroom escabeche - £15.00
Main Courses
Txuleton - £95.00
Carabineros prawns - £64.00
Iberian pork cheeks - £38.00
Suquet - £55.00
Bacalhau à Brás - £24.00
Piri Piri cabbage - £18.00
Txuleton - £95.00
Carabineros prawns - £64.00
Iberian pork cheeks - £38.00
Suquet - £55.00
Bacalhau à Brás - £24.00
Piri Piri cabbage - £18.00
Dessert
Dark chocolate mousse - £9.00
Arroz con leche - £8.50
Pudim abade priscos - £8.50
Dark chocolate mousse - £9.00
Arroz con leche - £8.50
Pudim abade priscos - £8.50
Meet the team
JOIA

Henrique Sá Pessoa

Executive Chef

Born in Lisbon, Henrique Sá Pessoa trained at the Cordon Bleu Institute and honed his craft at Panorama restaurant at the Sheraton Hotel and Hotel da Lapa, both in Lisbon, at the Sheraton on the Park in Sydney, and at the Sheraton Park Lane, in London. In 2009 he opened Alma, his first solo project, which would later relocate to Lisbon’s Chiado district in 2015. In this new location, Alma was awarded two Michelin stars in 2018, making Sá Pessoa only the third chef in Portuguese history to receive this accolade.

Sá Pessoa also owns a relaxed Portuguese restaurant Taspico which opened in 2017 and is the concept chef for Chiado, a Portuguese restaurant with an Asian influence in Macau, and ARCA, the restaurant at art’otel Amsterdam which opened in 2021. In Portugal, Sá Pessoa is recognised for his appearances on the cooking show Ingrediente Secreto and Chef de Família, and further accolades include winning Portugal’s Chef of the Year in 2005, GQ’s Chef of the Year in 2007, and being placed 38th in The Best Chef Awards in 2021 - the highest new entry that year.


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Location

1 Electric Boulevard, Battersea, London, SW11 8BJ

020 3833 8333 020 3833 8333

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Opening Times

Lunch
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu Closed
Fri 12:00-15:00
Sat 12:00-15:00
Sun 12:00-16:00
Dinner
Mon Closed
Tue 17:00-22:30
Wed 17:00-22:30
Thu 17:00-22:30
Fri 17:00-22:30
Sat 17:00-22:30
Sun Closed

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14 October 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 2.5
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