I loved my meal at anglo, and look forward to your report. It’s one of my favorites at the moment, along with Frenchie in Covent Garden. Quite reasonably priced for the quality, IMO.
Barbary’s a really small restaurant (it’s literally 24 seats in a counter configuration), so wait times are rough during meal hours. I’ve been quoted waits ~ 2 hours on Sundays around 645 pm and, on one occasion, was told they weren’t taking any more names on a Friday around 8. That said, I’ve shown up right before 6 pm and gotten lucky too. Their hours are pretty forgiving, so if you are flexible (a late lunch or early dinner), you’ll be more likely to be seated within a reasonable time. People rave about their naan, which I actually find a bit lacking in flavor, but it’s a requisite for the dips (which are very good). Their meats are tasty if you don’t mind char. Native and Flesh & Buns are both good alternatives within walking distance, if you can’t manage the wait at Barbary.
I’ve been to Barrafina maybe 4 times – a few at its original location on Frith (now relocated to Dean) and a few at the Adelaide location. I’ve never eaten at the Drury Lane location, but have walked past and not noticed much of a crowd. Of these, Frith / Dean strikes me as the most popular by a good margin. I’ve not noticed huge gulfs in quality, but I will say my meals at Frith were better overall. Still, waits there are more painful due to the location, so I’d much rather dine at one of the other locations (where I can walk in much of the time and score a seat without any wait) and risk a slightly less impressive meal. On the whole, I don’t love Barrafina nearly as much as others seem to – could be what I’ve ordered, but I’ve found it hit or miss, with a number of dishes too underseasoned or one-note.
Dishoom is another one of those crowd pleasers that leaves everyone satisfied, but doesn’t wow. Agree with the commenter above, the one dish I found in multiple visits that really stood out was the dal, and that was it. I was more impressed with Benares. Kricket I tried only once - good but not exceptional. I enjoyed the fried chicken and the pumpkin dishes the most. Dishoom’s brunch is a slightly different take on the traditional, and worth trying. For brunch, I also like Modern Pantry in Clerkenwell, Nopi, Providores, and Honey & Co. I haven’t tried Caravan. Both the Wolseley and its sister the Delaunay are great. I like the kedgeree.
Never been to Harwood Arms, Rochelle, or Blacklock.