About Our Ethiopian and Caribbean Cuisine

We want you to think Awaze distinctly when you think of a KC Ethiopian and Caribbean Restaurant for an unforgettably striking dimension to exotic cookery.

The Cuisine

Dining in Ethiopia is characterized by the ritual of breaking “injera” and sharing food from a common plate, signifying the bonds of loyalty and friendship. The traditional way of eating is with fingers. “Injera” is placed on the plate with variety of dishes decoratively arranged around it. A small portion of “Injera” is torn off and wrapped around a mouthful of the selected dish.

We want you to think of Awaze distinctly when you think of Kansas City Caribbean Ethiopian Restaurants for an unforgettably striking dimension to exotic cookery

The Vision

For Awaze Caribbean Fusion to be a place that people want to visit over and over again because of our consistent delivery of exceptional food, service, entertainment and atmosphere.  We are excited to become Kansas City’s premier Caribbean & Ethiopian restaurant.  Everything we do will contribute to creating a memorable experience for our guests.

By providing this experience our goal is to enhance relationships and give people that much needed renewal of enjoyment in their lives.

The Owner


For as long as he can remember, Pablo has been fascinated with cooking, with combining different flavors and creating unique taste experiences. In the sunny kitchen in Jamaica where he grew up, his mother created the best meals in the neighborhood. Intrigued with the process of turning ordinary foods into delectable creations, Pablo learned everything he could from his mother and credits her as being his inspiration.

As an adult, he traveled around the country in the capacity of principal consultant, constantly learning new techniques and tastes to add to his knowledge of food preparation. In every city where he stayed he hosted dinner parties to try out his new culinary creations, always adding to his repertoire and striving for the best cuisine from around the world. Finally, after years of catering and being a personal chef, he decided to act on numerous suggestions that he made his taste available to the public, he decided to partner with Abraham and make his globally inspired Caribbean fusion foods available to everyone.

Pablo holds a BA in Marketing and a BA in Management from Park University. He has previously worked at UMB Bank, DST, TIAA CREF, among other corporations.

Caribbean & Ethiopian Cuisine Staples

Injera, our staple bread, is a flat bread made of “Teff”, a fine grain unique to Ethiopia. Several dishes, such as wot, are served upon injera and accompanied by more injera for scooping purposes either rolled up or folded.

Niter kibbeh, is a seasoned, clarified butter. It is simmered with spices such as cumin, coriander, turmeric, cardamom, cinnamon, or nutmeg before straining. This imparts a distinct spicy aroma to it.

Watt, is an Ethiopian and Eritrean stew or curry that may be prepared with either chicken, beef, lamb, a variety of vegetables, spice mixtures such as berbere, and niter kibbeh.

Tibs, simple but wonderfully tasty, are grilled or sautéed meats-usually lamb or beef-prepared with spices & herbs. Normally, tibs of any kind is accompanied by a small dollop of the hot-red-pepper paste known as awazé.