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Western Sydney’s New Dining Precinct

A 19th-century paper mill in western Sydney is where you’ll find the city’s newest dining precinct. With four eateries under one roof – and a range of foods, from pizza to chicken burgers to oysters to pasta – it’s a game-changer for Liverpool. The dining hall is part of a new apartment development named The Paper Mill, which sits on the banks of the Georges River, just 40 kilometres from the CBD.

The Paper Mill Food is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and coffee seven days a week. Its broad range of cuisines reflects the cultural diversity of the area, where the majority of residents were born overseas. Most eateries in the precinct are casual, with plenty of takeaway options, but there’s also a full-service restaurant called The Fire Pit, which is the only outlet taking reservations.

The venue seats up to 570 people, with an opulent bar acting as the centrepiece, and other eateries and the cafe on the periphery of the space. There’s a number of private and semi-private function spaces dotted throughout as well.

The Fire Pit bakes all its bread in-house in woodfired ovens, and meat and seafood are roasted in a custom-made rotisserie and grill. Carb and meat-heavy dishes from across the globe make up the bulk of its menu. There’s Georgian khachapuri (a cheese-filled bread) filled with buffalo mozzarella, gruyere, egg yolk and truffle oil, and a puffy chilli-and-oregano bread with black garlic.

Popular Greek dish kefalograviera saganaki (fried sheep’s cheese) is served with Tasmanian honey, lemon, oregano and ouzo – it’s similar to the popular version at Potts Point restaurant The Apollo. Steaks, ribs and seafood – including Queensland snapper schnitzel, fish’n’chips and Yamba prawns – are all cooked over coals. There’s also saffron marinara tagliolini and house-made gnocchi, cooked over fire.

For a more casual option, head to Georgie’s Pizza and Bar, which has an extensive list of pies, cocktails, wine and beer. Classics including margherita, napolitana and pepperoni are all fired up in the pizza oven, alongside more creative takes such as the Arabica (tomato, fior di latte, spicy sujuk sausage, lamb kofta, green olives and a spiced pickled-chilli dressing) and the Espanol (tomato, fior di latte, chorizo, roast capsicum, avocado, jalapeño, lime and coriander). It also sells a selection of sodas made in-house, including apple-yuzu and lemonade, lychee and lemongrass, and pineapple and star-anise.

Charcoal Joe’s – named after chook fan Joe Nahas, who heads up Coronation Property, the group that developed the site – claims to serve Sydney’s best Lebanese charcoal chicken. Expect birds marinated then roasted over charcoal, with sides including chips, hummus, tabouli and Lebanese bread. It also serves a range of burgers – beef, fried chicken and mushroom among them – as well as charcoal-grilled skewers.

Finally, at Shepherd’s Lane cafe and dessert bar, expect all-day eating. For breakfast there are healthy bowls, manoush (Lebanese pizzas), morning mezze (falafel, fried eggs, sujuk, hummus, labneh, tahini and pickles) and a more traditional eggs-bacon-and-sausage big breakfast. Guests are encouraged to pop in for weekend breakfast, or swing by for a takeaway coffee on their way to work.

It also has a huge range of house-made desserts such as kataifi (similar to baklava), berry marshmallows, Turkish delight and doughnuts. Its croissant range is rather inspired – a Turkish delight version has rosewater cream, rose and pistachio, while another is filled with Maltesers, milk chocolate and malt cream. Plus, there’s an eight-strong list of waffles.

The paper mill that gives the precinct its name was built in 1868 and was Australia’s largest paper mill at the time. Designer Paul Papadapolous of creative agency DS17 (NourBel & Brio and Alpha) kept the building’s heritage in mind when reinvigorating the space, retaining much of its original brickwork, but adding steel, glass and stone updates to modernise. Carrara marble is used throughout, and cast-iron sculptures imitate 19th-century ovens. A mosaic floor stretches thorough the entire space and greenery hangs from the ceiling.

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Children's Menu

$12 per child

  • Cheeseburger and chips
  • Fish and Chips
  • Grilled Chicken and Chips
  • Mac and Cheese

Terms and Conditions


  • Any persons entering The Paper Mill Food agrees to comply with the following “Conditions of Entry”, which have been implemented in accordance with the current NSW Public Health (Covid-19) Order relating to this premises and to keep patrons and staff safe.
  • All Patrons attending this licensed premises shall;
  • Be refused entry if they display signs of illness.
  • Be requested to leave should they display signs of illness after entry.
  • Adhere to social distancing as required including at entry and exit points or where markings are in place.
  • Comply with any request to relocate due to patron number restrictions in any area.
  • Comply with reasonable directions from staff.
  • Consider downloading the COVID-Safe App.
  • Failure to comply with any or all of these conditions may constitute an offence under the Public Health Order and the licensee, their staff or agents reserve the right to remove from the premises any patron not adhering to these conditions under Section 77 of the Liquor Act 2007.


  • All bookings have an allocated seating time of 2 hours.
  • All bookings must select ONE menu from the options.
  • Any cancellation within 24 hours of the booking will receive a cancellation fee of $20 per confirmed guest which will be charged to the card provided.
  • Please ensure your guests are advised of the confirmed booking time so that meals can be enjoyed in the allocated 2-hour period.
  • All requests for seating allocation are taken into consideration, however, not always guaranteed.
  • A cakeage fee of $3 per person applies, which covers the cost of cutting and serving.
  • Any menu changes as a result of special dietary requirements are to be confirmed in writing via email no later than 48 hours before your booking.
  • Menus are subject to change, based on seasonal variety
    and availability of produce.
  • Public holidays incur a 10% surcharge.


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Charcoal Joes White

Satisfying the cravings of the charcoal crowd is a selection of delicious Lebanese charcoal chicken, mixed-skewers and succulent burgers with plenty of bountiful sides.

Georgies White

Wood-fired pizzas cooked Neapolitan-style with a soft and doughy crust. Georgie’s Pizzeria & Bar has everything from the classics to the contemporary, with a diversity of flavours.