Awazé Founded in February 2015 by Azeb Mekonnen, is a small family owned business located in Cary, NC featuring an authentic Ethiopian and Eritrean cuisine. Awazé is a condiment mix of garlic, wine, and berbere which results in dark red, spicy paste then used in some dishes or as a side condiment. We serve lunch and dinner while offering a variety of vegetarian and non vegetarian meals. You have the option to make your food Mild, Medium or Spicy. Bring your family and friends to enjoy this unique dining experience!
Traditionally, our food is served on a communal platter which is designed for sharing with each other.
Injera is a sourdough-risen flatbread with a unique, slightly spongy texture. Traditionally made out of teff flour, it is a national dish in Ethiopia and Eritrea.
Injera is not only a kind of bread—it's also an eating utensil. In Ethiopia and Eritrea, this spongy, sour flatbread is used to scoop up meat and vegetable stews. Injera also lines the tray on which the stews are served, soaking up their juices as the meal progresses. When this edible tablecloth is eaten, the meal is officially over.
An Ethiopian coffee ceremony, or jebena buna as it's called in the local Amharic language. is not designed for someone in a hurry. Women, often dressed in traditional garb, first wash green coffee beans before roasting—some would say burning—them over hot coals. The charcoal black beans are then coarsely ground by hand in a mortar and pestle. The coffee and water are then mixed together in the earthen black jar called a jebena, which is placed directly in the hot coals until steam pours from the jebena's spout.
The resulting coffee is dark, bitter, and typically sweetened with heaped teaspoons of sugar. Popcorn is almost always served as a side. Done well, jebena buna is delicious.