JOIA, The Jewel of Battersea

Introducing JOIA, London’s newest culinary sensation, brought to life by the acclaimed two Michelin-starred Portuguese chef, Henrique Sá Pessoa. With a passion for his culinary heritage and adventures across the Portuguese Iberian Peninsula, he’s crafted a dining experience like no other.

But why “JOIA”? In Portuguese, it translates to “jewel,” and this gem of a venue is perched high on the 14th and 15th floors of art’otel London Battersea Power Station. Offering breathtaking views of the London skyline, it’s a standout among the city’s view-centric eateries.

As for the interior, it’s a masterpiece. Russell Sage Studio drew inspiration from the Power Station’s art deco style, infusing it with modern and mid-century elements. Step inside to discover serene, welcoming spaces adorned with natural wood floors, beautiful pastel hues, and lush potted plants, evoking a Mediterranean ambiance even during London’s harsh winter.

Beyond the million-dollar views – yes, they’re that good – Henrique Sá Pessoa’s menus embark on a flavour-packed journey. Starting with authentic Iberian ingredients, he adds his unique twist, and he’s equally discerning about sourcing top-notch British produce. 

The food is truly exquisite, featuring a selection of snacks, petiscos, and tapas. “La Bomba de Lisbon,” Henrique’s signature croquette made with potato and traditional Portuguese Alheira sausage, served with tomato and sofrito sauce, is a showstopper. Equally so is the octopus salad with red pepper, potato, and smoked paprika. Mains – served in the restaurant – include grilled leeks with romesco, salted cod esqueixada, and grilled Carabinero prawns with orzo bisque – a mouthwatering lineup, to say the least.

Descend a grand staircase to – in my opinion, the pièce de resistance – JOIA’s bar on the 14th floor, and you’ll be wowed. The massive L-shaped bar boasts a marble top and brass accents, framed by ribbed timber painted in a chic pink that complements the restaurant’s colour scheme. It’s a work of art in itself. Perhaps a little less formal than the restaurant a floor above, JOIA bar is the perfect spot for a cocktail (or three) paired with ridiculously moreish bites. A special mention goes to the Spanish Tortilla. With an ever-so-slightly runny middle, it’s the stuff culinary dreams are made of.

Bar Manager Alessandro Mannello has crafted a creative cocktail list inspired by JOIA’s name, with each cocktail named after regional gems, reflecting their colours and delicate qualities. My favourite, the “Safira Rosa”, is a mezcal-based cocktail with elderflower, grapefruit soda, and rose petal water. A close second is the “Onix”, a perfect blend of Gin Mahon, lychee, rose and – yes, really – squid ink. There is also a fantastic selection of Portuguese and Spanish wines and vermouths, focusing on hidden gems.

The next time you’re asked what you made for dinner, reply with “reservations”.


15th Floor, 1 Electric Blvd, Nine Elms, London SW11 8BJ