Impressing the parents in Madrid
I'm currently studying in Madrid (until June) and my parents have decided to come for a surprise visit...I've done a bit of chowing since January, but my student budget hasn't allowed for splurges yet. I'd really like to take my parents out to some nice sit-down restaurants - not the most expensive and not too formal, but with nice ambience for chatting, ideally Spanish food that isn't too adventurous (they're not picky, but aren't fans of experimental/haute cuisine). They don't drink, so wine list isn't an issue.
Their hotel is on Gran Via, but we'd be willing to take the metro anywhere.
Thanks very much in advance!
My parents loved La Gloria de Montera - thanks for the rec!
We also had dinner at L'Hardy, which was an incredible experience - can't say much for the bread, though we got an amuse bouche of croquetas and I've never had better service in Madrid. My parents have pretty conservative tastes, so my dad had the orange duck and my mother had a steak; I had the callos a la madrilena and was floored - perfectly tender, some slices of the first morcilla I've liked so far, savory semi-spicy broth. We were too full for dessert, though I hear the baked Alaska is supposed to be great...
Two other possibilities:
Julián de Tolosa--Basque
cava baja, 18
Chuletón, pimientos del piquillo, chistorra, etc. Tranquilo.
Galileo, 51 (Quevedo metro
This is a tapas bar. I've never tried, but you may be able to reserve one of their (few) tables. Specializes in mushrooms and leonés fare. Really good stuff.