Housed in the same building where Marx and Engels once wrote The Communist Manifesto, the exterior of La Maison du Cygne is built of light stone, speckled with gold fixtures and beautifully crafted windows which overlook the 17th century Grand Palace. Flanked by two striped awnings above the door, the inside of the restaurant is just as extravagant, with its grayish-cobalt walls and dark wooden panels. The menu includes all kinds of seafood, chicken dishes and steaks. Some popular plates include waterzooi de homard (soup-like lobster stew) and huîtres au champagne (oysters in champagne). While the monotonous service and steep prices may be off-putting to some, it is hard to find a more elegant dining experience in all of Brussels.
*Entrance can be sligtly difficult to find. Enter at rue Charles Buls 2, in the Grand Place Area (rather than the restaurant's listed address)
*Lunch is usually very crowded, due to its prime location, thus it is easier to get a dinner reservation
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