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.