After recomendations from a friend in Portland before moving to Eugene, we have tried eating at Ring of Fire three times and have been sorely disappointed on all occasions. The interior of the restauant and menu design (and the high prices of the food) would lead one to believe that you are in store for fine dining. Though the fact that it is located in a strip mall may tip you off to the true nature of the place. The service is bad, bad,....bad. Servers are clearly well-polished college students with no natural talent or care about how to tend a table. They vacummed the carpets while we were eating and we practically have to jump and shout to get their attention even when there was a 1:1 ratio of server to tables. They have no concept of anticipating the diners needs, that you expect in a "classy joint". The food is at best mediocre and poor when you consider the price. One of the strangest complaints I have about the food is that it is not spicy even when the highest rated spice (5) was requested, though it is supposedly famed for its "firey" dishes. The last straw, and what spawned the writing of this review was tom kah soup that we picked up to go earlier this week. It was the most disgusting tasting concoction of old dry chicken and molded tomatoes floating in bland coconut milk that I have ever had the misfortune of putting in my mouth. Entirely inedible, we threw it away. There are many other Thai restaurants in Eugene, and it doesn't take much to be superior to Ring of Fire. Don't be fooled by well-placed decorative ethnic accents and soft romantic lighting, this place is a total sham. If you disagree, seriously, you need to get out more...leave the strip malls behind, venture to the big city.
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