Rudi Lechner’s Restaurant is a buffet-style German restaurant in Houston. The casual restaurant features booth seating, costumed servers and an outdoor terrace. The menu primarily offers schnitzel, sausage and sauerkraut, along with potato pancakes with apple sauce, pork loins and grilled fish. Rudi Lechner’s has a long alcohol list that includes imported German premium beers, liqueurs and bitters. A live German band, complete with a 13 foot Swiss Alphorn and musical saws, plays in the restaurant four days a week for diners’ entertainment. Rudi Lechner’s Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday, closed on Sundays.
Rudi Lechner’s Restaurant
2503 S Gessner Road
Houston, TX 77063
Serves 6 persons
3 lbs. Filet of beef, center cut,
cut into 12 pieces @ 4 oz. each
6 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup Brandy or Cognac
1/4 cup minced shallots or red onions
1/4 cup heavy cream
2 cups sliced mushrooms
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 cup Demi glace
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/2 cup Marsala wine
1 1/2 cup red wine
salt and freshly ground pepper
Season filets with salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce and mustard.
Preheat skillet till very hot, add butter and sear filets quickly on both sides, 4 filets at a time.
After filets are seared, remove from skillet, set them aside.
Add the other half of butter to the skillet, and saute shallots and mushrooms until light brown.
Put filets, which were set aside, back into skillet and flame them with Brandy.
Deglaze with Marsala and red wine.
Remove filets from skillet and set aside.
Add demi glace to skillet with mushroom & wine mixture, and reduce by one third.
Add filets to the skillet and turn several times, while cooking to your liking.
Remove filets from the sauce and keep warm.
Finish the sauce with heavy cream and check for seasoning. The Diana of Versailles
Set up filets on hot plates (2 filets per person) and top with Diane sauce.
Serve vegetables and fettuccine or rice Pilaf on the side.
Diane, the Roman goddess of nature (hunting), fertility and childbirth.
Diana is also a moon goddess.
Torch bearing processions were held in her honor.
Diana was originally a goddess of fertility and she was worshiped mainly by women as the giver of fertility and easy births.
Under Greek influence she was equated with Artemis and assumed many of her aspects.
Her name is possibly derived from “diviana” (“the shining one”)
She is portrayed as huntress accompanied by a deer.
Steak Diane Recipe at Rudi Lechners