Leading the way

• Two Dogs Laughing chef/owner Libby Peasley. Photo by Jenny D’Anger

BRIGHT red Chinese umbrellas lured the D’Angers down a laneway to a tin shed, where we discovered the taste sensation that is Two Dogs Laughing.

Chef and co-owner Libby Peasley took over the industrial shed – just off Stack Street in Fremantle – when Sunset Events moved out.

“There was a big guitar on the wall and it just felt right – a bit different,” she says.

At the tiny cafe, dogs get a free puppycino made from frothed lactose-free milk “and dehydrated chicken neck sprinkles”.

And the humans are treated just as well.

“I make everything myself with love, and a lot of thought goes into each layer of cooking,” Ms Peasley says

A recently purchased smoker is getting a workout in Two Dogs’ small kitchen, and the D’Angers had a smoked gnocchi ($15) and a smoked mushroom burger ($17).

“I even smoke the tomatoes in the burger,” Ms Peasley says.

The burger was slightly toasted for a pleasant crunch and the blend of mushrooms, tomatoes and chutney was fantastic.

“The middle eastern chutney is amazing, and there are so many complimentary flavours in the burger,” D’Angerous Dave noted.

A side of smoked potatoes ($4.50) were an awesome replacement for the ubiquitous chips.

“I boil the potatoes in herbs and smoke them for a couple of hours, then squeeze them down and fry them in olive oil,” Ms Peasley says.

“They are much healthier than chips.”

Healthy, schmelshy – they were just damn delicious.

My smoked mushroom gnocchi was fantastic; the lightly fried potato dumplings were soft and moist, and the accompanying sauce was divine.

We’d spotted bags of mushrooms growing on shelving, and yes Ms Peasley not only cooks and smokes everything, but she grows the mushrooms we were eating, including the delicious enoki.

Come the warmer weather there are plans to open at night, with a menu themed to live music.

“Starting with Texan barbecue with blues music,” Ms Peasley says, adding she also does catering.

Two Dogs Laughing
4 Stack Street, Fremantle

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