CAVES Beachside Hotel has a lot going for it: a prime seafront location bringing ozone-scented ocean breezes, a bistro with seating for 400 inside and out, a cafe serving big breakfasts, coffee and cake all day, and what used to be "C" Restaurant, now reopened as the new, modern Australian restaurant and steak house called Atriplex.
WHEN you're on to a good thing, there's every reason to stick to it.
Think Beaumont Street and the section north of Tudor Street comes to mind, with its concentration of Indian, Greek, Turkish, Italian, Thai, Chinese and various combinations which can be generally classified as mod Oz, as well as a plethora of more casual cafes.
SURPRISINGLY, this place manages to be all things to all people.
ONE thing is certain; Lesley Taylor doesn't let the grass grow under her very busy feet.
FINE dining it ain't, but on the other hand it's a far cry from most other hamburger joints.
IT'S almost two years since the much-anticipated opening of what is almost a Newcastle institution.