The Paper Mill Food

Western Sydney's new riverside dining precinct inside a stunning heritage building.
Libby Curran
Published on August 15, 2019
Updated on September 04, 2019


An exciting new culinary precinct has arrived in western Sydney. Taking over a heritage building on the banks of the Georges River, The Paper Mill Food houses four different eateries, open for morning coffees, dinner feeds and everything in between.

While the development was first announced back in 2017 as part of a broader cultural and community development, The Paper Mill Food officially launched in August 2019. Its lineup is diverse and multicultural, with offerings for all budgets and cravings, as well as both dine-in and takeaway options.

Georgie's Pizzeria & Bar is serving up Neapolitan-style pizzas ($20–26), while casual restaurant Firepit showcases dishes cooked over charcoal or in one of two woodfired ovens. Here, expect corn-fed chicken breast with miso ($36), barbecue-glazed charcoal pork ribs ($59) and even charcoal lobster served ($89) with fermented hot sauce butter and chips.

Over at Shepherd's Lane, you'll find a patisserie and cafe during the dar and a dessert bar after dinner, with dreamy sweet treats, house-made gelato and decadent cocktails. Highlights include the morning mezze plate ($24–31), Nutella waffles ($18–24), manoush ($6–15) and a passionfruit curd tart ($12).

And at Charcoal Joe's, expect a modern take on Lebanese charcoal chicken ($7–23), alongside a menu of mezze, meat skewers, burgers and fried chicken.

The backdrop is an impressive one. Once home to Australia's largest paper mill, the building has been brought into a sleek new phase of life. Dating back to 1868, it's now sporting a contemporary makeover at the hands of DS17's Paul Papadopoulos, with the original brickwork and saw-tooth roof offset by a modern assembly of stone, steel and glass. Visitors will spy lots of custom joinery and a sprawling handmade mosaic tile floor as well.


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