A relatively newish cafe/bar opened up at the old HV parking lot. Exit B from the MRT and walk straight past Starbucks and the banks.
We have been hanging out there a lot. The Man has friends there. Prices are alright and the place is quite relaxing to chill in the day though sometimes it is just so hot! But then it is not as crowded. Plus, you can get coffee, which is pretty decent, with beans from Smitten. At night, the weather is cooling and it is pretty nice and not as noisy as Lor Mambong.
Food is beyond simple bar food. There's a full menu that I haven't finished exploring. What I tried and will recommend:
Seafood salad (we added mushroom ragout here)
Smoked salmon pancakes (we added mushrooms again! We love mushrooms ;)
Not pictured but feedback from family also recommends chicken pesto pasta and the park burger with blue cheese :)