Many frequent contributors to Chowhound had mentioned Nobi in Toms River and stated that they have good Japanese food, but usually one or two lines. I am going to write a bit more about Nobi here, and here is the link to their site:
I have been to Japan various times and this place reminds me of the local restaurants in Japan. The decoration is very minimal, simple wooden chairs and tables….a few paintings on the wall, nothing flashy.
We had been to Nobi for a number of times and I enjoyed their sashimi, they are all very fresh and George(the sushi/sashimi chef) is a quiet man but will not disappoint you with the selection of sashimi and sushi. Personally, I love the hamachi(yellow tail), it has that refreshing taste and with a few chopped scallion on top…
The good thing does not stop at the sushi bar, the hot food is good too! The tempura was hot and right from the fryer, the batter was light and crispy. Believe me that I have been to places where they serve the tempura warm and it is just not the same. My husband favors their soft shell crab tempura, it is fun to eat the whole crab with the shelf(it is small!) We also tried the asparagus with sesame sauce, it was different and we enjoyed it. The teriyaki dishes and sukiyaki dishes are definitely of quality. What makes Nobi special is not just the food but the hospitality of the servers, Joe and Becky remember where you would like to seat and just the little things make the difference.