Huawei P20 Pro smartphone a game changer for food photography

by Kate Milliken / 26 June, 2018

The Huawei P20 Pro captured Azabu's moody interior well. Photo/Kate Milliken.

Are three cameras in one device enough to capture great food fusion? Kate Milliken visits Azabu with the Huawei P20 Pro smartphone to find out.

Taking photos that do justice to food requires a great camera — sometimes more than one. I put the built-in cameras in the new Huawei P20 Pro to the test at Azabu, where the specialty is a Japanese-Peruvian hybrid cuisine called Nikkei.

If you arrive at Azabu’s graffiti art-covered carpark on Ponsonby’s Maidstone Lane it will be the first of many photo opportunities, so have your phone ready. I used the new Huawei P20 Pro. It’s the world’s first triple Leica camera and with its AI object-recognition feature, it’s perfect for the food photography fanatic — it did a great job of capturing the glow of Azabu’s neon sign too. Entering through the unassuming back door, the bar area is filled with elbow-height round tables and elegant brown leather booths.

Everything on the menu looks enticing so it’s easy to get carried away. Examples of the respective cuisines dominate the menu, matched with ingredients that represent a deliciously unexpected cultural mash-up. Think tostadas with tuna sashimi and a punchy wasabi tartar paired with the Peruvian flavours of corn and spicy jalapeno.

The stand-out dish for me was snapper ceviche, served on a glossy aji amarillo (a Peruvian chilli) and bathed in a tangy lime dressing, plum and tobiko. The Huawei P20 Pro captured the vibrant colours of this dish beautifully — before it was devoured.

Head chef Yukio Ozeki mastered sushi making at Tokyo’s famed Tsukiji fish market, and it shows. And if the balance of sweet and spicy isn’t enough to make his ‘volcano roll’ sensational, it also comes with theatrics; staff blow-torch the fish eggs, creating a firecracker-like sound. It’s another great photo opportunity and the Huawei P20 Pro’s 40MP back camera lens captures it with ease. The high-quality imagery made it perfect for creating an enviable Instagram story.

Azabu has served consistently exceptional food since it opened in Ponsonby in 2016 and it pulls a crowd every night of the week. It’s not surprising either, it’s the kind of place you can’t wait to tell everyone about, or show them — with photographs fit for a food review.

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