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Koto Sushi Bar Restaurant Review: Hajima “Haji” and Songmi Keruma opened Koto Sushi Bar in a little downtown storefront in 1985, before anyone in Nashville had heard of a firecracker roll. Its handsome mahogany bar sets the tone for the sleek and refined décor. Koto has evolved as the city’s taste for sushi has matured. There are several rolls named after Music Row regulars creating such combinations as yellowtail, green onion and spicy sauce. Koto also happens to be a very good Korean restaurant. Here you can get your fix of marinated short ribs (galbi), the stock and trade of Keruma’s homeland. Spicy squid stir-fry is also a good choice. Koto is most crowded at lunch, when downtown worker bees descend for quick repasts. At night, it’s easier to get a table. There’s a small selection of saké and wine, and the limited dessert list includes mochi, a sweet frozen rice treat.