When planning this trip I read about Chinese restaurants in London and especially about dim sum, but when I had a look at online menus I began to have doubts because the prices seemed to be a bit expensive compared to similar restaurants where I have dined in Seattle, San Francisco, New York, Hong Kong, and Chicago. Today my wife and I ate at one near the British Museum as an alternative to waiting on a long line in the rain to get into that museum. We sat down shortly before noon, and there were only three other tables with diners. Soon many others arrived, and the place was about 3/4 full with an entirely Asian crowd. When our food arrived I was shocked at how small the portions were especially since the prices were about half again as expensive as the dishes would have been in Seattle. That's about 50% more expensive and about a third smaller.
The quality of the dim sum was just okay, nothing special. We definitely have eaten much better food in London at a much lower price. What the heck is going on here?