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For people who don’t speak Japanese, the names of many sushi restaurants don’t have a lot of meaning. Not so at Enso. The word translates to “circle,” which is not only explained with zeal on the restaurant’s home page, but is reflected in the dining room’s curved and tunnel-like ceiling. In an unorthodox move, the restaurant took its name from one diner’s submission in a naming contest, though it’s not the only thing the restaurant has a pattern of leaving up to its clientele. Behind the sushi bar, confident sushi chefs create any custom roll that a diner can think up—some of which have ended up as permanent staples on the menu. But perhaps the real stars here are the toiled-over items the chefs have created, each with its own bold character. Housemade ramen noodles soak up broths flavored with crispy pork belly and seared duck breast and dotted with the likes of farmers’ greens and soft-poached egg. Back in the kitchen, some of the chefs man the hot grill while others roll signature maki such as the 90/94 with salmon, green apple, mango, and jalapeno. In another twist, the North Shore roll wraps lobster tempura and avocado with unagi sauce for a combination that’s sweet and salty—and soft and crunchy—and hard to match. The drinks here aren’t an afterthought, either. Original selections keep the menu repopulated just about every week, with cheeky drinks that match the season or current events. Summer brings concoctions such as blood-orange sangria, while other drinks come about organically, as in the The Great Atsby made with Atsby vermouth, Blade gin, orange juice, and lavender. If that’s not enough, the menu also advertises Japanese beers, sake, and wine.