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Koto Sushi Bar Restaurant Review: Back in 1985, before anyone in Nashville had heard of a firecracker roll, Hajime “Haji” and Songmi Keruma opened Koto Sushi Bar in a little storefront downtown. In the years since, Koto has evolved as the city’s taste for sushi has matured. There are several rolls named after Music Row regulars: The Hook Roll is a powder keg of yellowtail, green onion and spicy sauce named for musician Gary “Hook” Pfalzbot. But that’s not all: Koto happens to be a very good Korean restaurant, too. Here you can get your fix of marinated short ribs (galbi), the stock and trade of Keruma’s homeland. The spicy squid stir-fry is also a good choice. Koto is most crowded at lunch, when downtown worker bees descend for a quick bite. At night, it’s easy to get a table. The atmosphere is sleek and refined, and the handsome mahogany bar makes for a memorable backdrop. There’s a small selection of saké and wine as well as a limited dessert list that includes mochi, a sweet frozen rice treat.