Henrique Sá Pessoa to open restaurant at Art'otel London Battersea Power Station

26 July 2022
Henrique Sá Pessoa to open restaurant at Art'otel London Battersea Power Station

Portuguese chef Henrique Sá Pessoa will launch Joia, an Iberian restaurant and bar, at the new Art'otel London Battersea Power Station when it opens later this year.

The new skyline destination restaurant and bar will span over the top floors of the UK's first hotel under PPHE's Art'otel brand and will also feature a rooftop bar with infinity pool.

Chef Sá Pessoa owns the two-Michelin-starred Alma and tapas spot Tapisco in his native Lisbon, and is the executive chef at Arca restaurant in the Art'otel Amsterdam.

The menu will be particularly influenced by the flavours and techniques of Catalonia and Portugal, with a focus on seafood, pork and rice. Dishes will include grilled carabineiro, orzo bisque and salted cod crudo, with many dishes finished tableside.

Set across the 14th floor, Joia bar will offer drinks that celebrate Iberian spices as well as Portuguese and Spanish wines, with a particular focus on lesser-known producers. Vermouth will also play a significant role in the drinks offering.

Sá Pessoa said: "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."

Daniel Pedreschi, regional vice president of operations, United Kingdom, Art'otel, said: "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. We are very ambitious with this project and look forward to welcoming guests in the coming months."

Sam Cotton, head of leasing at Battersea Power Station Development Company (BPSDC), added: "It has always been our aim to bring a vibrant and diverse mix of cafés, bars and restaurants to this exciting new riverside neighbourhood for London and this is evident in the strong offering already open in Circus West Village, the first chapter in the regeneration of Battersea Power Station, and those set to open inside the Grade II* listed building and on Electric Boulevard from this Autumn. Adding a chef such as Henrique with an exciting new restaurant concept to the mix is fantastic and is sure to strengthen our position on the culinary map of ‘must visit' dining hotspots in London."

Art'otel London Battersea Power Station is located within Battersea Roof Gardens, a new building designed by Foster + Partners forming a key part of Electric Boulevard, a collection of buildings comprising homes, offices and a new pedestrianised high street which sits to the south of the Grade II*-listed Power Station. Opening from this Autumn, the Power Station will house over 100 shops, bars and restaurants, a luxury boutique cinema as well as unique events and leisure spaces.

Born in Lisbon, Sá Pessoa trained at the Cordon Bleu Institute and worked at Panorama restaurant at the Sheraton hotel and Hotel da Lapa, both in Lisbon; the Sheraton on the Park in Sydney; and the Sheraton Park Lane in London.

Art'otel, part of Radisson Hotel Group, is a collection of premium lifestyle hotels, each inspired by an artist. The hotels are aimed to create a cultural, gastronomic and social hub in the most creative areas of cities. Art'otel London Battersea Power Station will be the UK's first Art'otel, with Art'otel London Hoxton following in 2024.

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