JOIA will explore Sá Pessoa’s culinary heritage and travels across the Iberian Peninsula, using the best of British and Iberian produce.
Chef Sá Pessoa owns the two Michelin-starred Alma and relaxed trans-Iberian tapas spot Tapisco in his native Lisbon, and is also executive chef at ARCA restaurant within art’otel Amsterdam.
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 Battersea Power Station.
The menu at JOIA will be 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 and olive oil caviar.
Many dishes will be finished tableside for an ‘engaging dining experience set against a dramatic backdrop of the London skyline’.
“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,” says Sá Pessoa.
“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,” adds Daniel Pedreschi, regional VP of operations for UK at art’otel. “We are very ambitious with this project and look forward to welcoming guests in the coming months.”