This is the first time I had made Steak Diane before, and although it did take a little while to do it all, for someone who is quite new to cooking as myself, I found it very easy.
My girlfriend and myself absolutely loved it! I think I added a few more mushrooms than the recipe calls for, which personally I liked. I accompanied it with a good serving of steamed vegetables.
I too didn't have any brandy on hand, and didn't want to buy a bottle that would only be used for this dish, so instead I bought my favourite bottle of red wine and used it, which I think worked great.
I plan on making this again very soon!
Pros: Easy, very tasty
Cons: Can take a while to make, for a novice such as myself.