After 10 p.m. is a perfect time to visit the otherwise impossibly crowded Gottino, an Italian gastroteca famous among food cognoscenti for such simpatico nibbles as cotechino sausage–stuffed apples and rabbit pot pie served behind its handsome long marble bar.
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From the From the May 2008 Food & Wine Go List
In a hotel of the same name near Buckingham Palace, The Goring was recently made over by the Queen's nephew, designer David Linley. Now it's glitzy, with handmade cabinets and Swarovski crystal chandeliers, but the traditional English food is still terrific, and the cellar is still one of the best in London, especially when it comes to Bordeaux and Burgundy.
We loved: Lobster omelet; ribs of beef from the cart.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.